Treatment for secondary liver cancer


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – As recently as trăng tròn years ago, the outlook for patients whose colon or other cancers had metastasized, or spread, khổng lồ the liver was bleak. Many general practitioners & oncologists saw these metastases as untreatable & began lớn provide treatment lớn merely improve the patient’s quality of life.

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Carl Schmidt, M.D.

New medical, surgical, & radiation technologies have allowed a shift in the treatment of liver metastases, allowing surgeons to extend not only the quality, but length of patients’ lives.

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“We really want to change the dialogue about liver metastases,” Carl Schmidt, M.D., WVU Cancer Institute chief of surgical oncology, said. “The công nghệ for treatment has changed rapidly, & there are many providers out there who aren’t aware of what we are able to lớn do.”

The traditional approach to metastatic colon cancer was khổng lồ treat the initial tumor và not the metastases, but Dr. Schmidt says that view has changed.

“If a patient comes to us with metastases to the liver, our priority would be lớn treat the tumor in the liver first, whether surgically, radiologically, or through chemotherapy,” Schmidt said. “We want khổng lồ address the issue that is the most life threatening and preserve organ function.”

Colon cancer commonly spreads to the liver before other areas of the body, making it easier for oncologists to lớn treat the metastases before they spread further.

Available treatments for liver metastases include:

Surgical resection, often minimally invasiveAblation, which uses heat energy to kill the tumorHepatic artery infusion pump, which delivers chemotherapy directly khổng lồ the liverPlacement of radiation spheres or chemotherapy spheres that target the tumorEmbolization of the veins that provide blood khổng lồ the tumorTargeted high-dose focused radiation

“The technologies that have been developed recently have changed how we look at the treatability of these tumors,” Schmidt said. “Tumors that were previously viewed as untreatable are now treatable. We are able khổng lồ give these patients more time with their families & loved ones. Colon cancer that metastasizes to lớn the liver no longer has khổng lồ be the over of the road for these patients."

For more information about available treatments, visit, or hotline 855-WVU-CARE.