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How long can you live with metastatic cancer of the bowels in the liver?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
It depends...: Hard to answer in this setting. Treatments are improving. For colon cancer metastatic (spread) to liver options include: a) surgery or other "local" liver treatments (rfa, cryotherapy, etc) if confined b) chemotherapy for systemic (non-local) treatment c) palliative / symptom control without active therapy colon cancer with only one or few (oligo) metastatic disease to the liver can even be cured.
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 20 years experience
It depends: Isolated colorectal metastases to the liver can sometimes be surgically removed. If this is the case, around 40% of patients can live beyond 5 years. While historical figures have the average patient living 12 months, realize that this was with older drugs... There have been a lot of recent improvements so talk to your medical oncologist for more information!

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