My son has pancreatic cancer which is also in the liver. The liver tumor is small. They found no other places with cancer. Why not remove liver tumor?

Depends. It really depends on type of cancer. Adenocarcinoma is not resectable once outside the pancreas because there are other areas that u can't see yet. If it is neuroendocrine tumor then surgery is an option. Also liver lesion needs to be biopsied or pet positive to reliably say that there is cancer there. Get another opinion.
Need more info.. Very sorry to hear about your son. The primary treatment of pancreas cancer is to surgically remove the origin of the cancer (pancreas). If the cancer has spread away from the pancreas (liver) then the origin of the cancer is not likely surgically resectable & just removing a portion of the liver will not be of benefit without removing pancreas. See medical oncology for treatment options first.
Pancreatic cancer. The patient is entitled to another opinion. Cancer centers will render an opinion.

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My son has pancreatic cancer and it has matastized to the liver. That tumor is small and the cancer is no where else. Why not remove the liver tumor?

Worrisome info. This might seem a logical next step.Yet the presence of a lesion in the liver means the cancer has probably sent tiny seeds for more tumors to additional sites throughout the body. These may not show for weeks or months, but this may be their reason. Read more...
Thanks for asking! Patients with stage 4 cancer(metastatic disease) are usually not considered as candidates for surgery (unless it's for alleviation of symptoms). Consult medical oncologist for systemic chemotherapy or targeted therapy. Read more...
Sorry to hear, Ma'am. I'm not sure what you mean by not being anywhere else. Did he already have surgery to remove the one in the pancreas or is it still there? It is hard to give an answer without more data but i tend to agree with those who do not think liver surgery is an option. Anti-cancer drugs are probably his only option. Can't imagine what you are going through, may god give strength to both of you. Read more...