Metastases to the liver; Metastatic liver cancer; Liver cancer - metastatic
Treatment depends on:
The primary cancer site
How many liver tumors you have
Whether it has spread to other organs besides the liver
Your overall health
When the cancer has spread to the liver and other organs, whole-body (systemic) chemotherapy is usually used.
When the spread is limited to the liver, systemic chemotherapy may still be used. However, other treatment methods may be effective. When the tumor is only in one or a few areas of the liver, the cancer may be removed with surgery.
The use of radiofrequency waves or injection of toxic substances may also be used to kill tumors. When larger areas of the liver are involved, treatment may involve giving chemotherapy directly into the liver, or a procedure called embolization, which blocks blood flow to parts of the liver to "starve" the tumor cells.
Most patients who have prostate cancer are diagnosed with early-stage disease that is localized to the prostate. These patients are able to benefit from many different treatment options that include active surveillance, radical surgery, cryotherapy of the prostate and radiation therapy. Most that undergo intervention for early stage disease are usually cured.
However, some of these patients can have recurrent disease which may progress and spread outside of the prostate, and others may be diagnosed with disease that has metastasized at the time of the initial diagnosis. The most common locations for spread of prostate cancer are local extension outside of the prostate, to local lymph nodes, and to bones. Unfortunately, spread outside of the prostate is associated with a decrease in long-term survival rates; however, there are several treatments that are available to help manage the spread of the disease.
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