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How can chemotherapy affect metastatic cancer of the liver?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Yes: Chemotherapy is routinely used to treat colon cancer metastatic to the liver.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Treatments are different based on the primary cancer (breast, colon, liver, lung, etc) that goes to (metastasizes) to the liver. Some liver mets can be treated with surgery or "local" therapy (RFA, cryo, Y90, radiation, etc...). Complicated and needs a team discussion for each inidvidual case.
Nov 15, 2011
Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 38 years experience
Cancer in the Liver: Cancer that has spread (metastasis) to the liver is still considered the same cancer as the original one. Primary cancers of the lung, breast, colon and rectum can certainly spread to the liver. Chemotherapy can be effective in treating metastases to the liver but other kinds of treatments (surgery, internal radiation, radiofrequency ablation, embolization with chemotherapy) are also available.

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