A 42-year-old member asked:
How long can you live with metastatic cancer of the bowels in the liver?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
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.
6.4k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
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!
5.2k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated May 19, 2015
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