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Liver metastases

Peter Hoskin and Wendy Makin

in Oncology for Palliative Medicine

Second edition

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780192628114
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730115 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192628114.003.0022
Liver metastases

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This chapter focuses on metastasis of the liver and the different investigations, management, and treatment employed in patients with liver metastasis. Liver metastases account for 50 per cent of deaths among patients with cancer. The liver is the most commonly involved organ in the secondary spread of malignant tumours. The development of liver metastases requires grave and serious prognosis, as symptomatic liver disease can cause steady physical decline and rapid cachexia to death within a short period of time. For most patients, active treatment of liver metastases makes little difference to survival. Despite the bleak picture, positive results can be expected depending on the extent of metastases and the underlying malignancy.

Keywords: liver; liver metastasis; liver disease; cachexia; prognosis

Chapter.  4730 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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