Liver Cancer pp 136-149 | Cite as

Hepatic Resection for Colorectal Cancer Metastases

  • Charles R. Shumate
Part of the M.D. Anderson Solid Tumor Oncology Series book series (MDA)


Achievement of long-term disease-free survival with surgical resection of metastases requires a single, predictable site of dissemination of the primary cancer. This situation occurs in a small but significant proportion of patients with recurrent colorectal carcinoma. In an ideal setting, treatment for primary or metastatic malignancy provides a high probability for complete response and a reasonable opportunity for long-term disease-free survival, it also has minimal side effects. Numerous methods have been advocated for the treatment of colorectal cancer liver metastases, but unfortunately none satisfies all of these criteria for an ideal treatment. Systemic chemotherapy, regional chemotherapy, cryotherapy, and surgical resection have advocates, but when multiple treatment methods are endorsed for the same problem it suggests that no one method is appropriate for all patients or that substantial treatment response is lacking.


Liver Metastasis Liver Resection Inferior Vena Cava Hepatic Vein Hepatic Resection 
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