What is Liver Metastases?

Liver metastases, also known as secondary liver cancer, are the cancerous tumors that have spread (metastasized) to the liver from another somewhere else in the body. In most cases, the diagnosed cancer in the liver is metastatic.

Most liver metastases start from the colon, rectum, pancreas, stomach, esophagus, breast, lung, and melanoma before spreading to the liver.

The risk for liver metastases depends on the location of the original cancer. Most liver metastases start from the colon, rectum, pancreas, stomach, esophagus, breast, lung, kidney, and skin before spreading to the liver. 

Up to 70 percent of the individuals who have colorectal cancer generally develop liver metastases, because the blood supply from the intestines is connected directly to the liver. 

The treatments may help to shrink tumors that have spread to the liver besides improving life expectancy and relieving the symptoms.

What are The Symptoms of Liver Metastases?

In the early stages, Liver Metastases are generally asymptomatic and show no signs. In later stages, the existence of the tumor can affect obstruct the normal flow of blood and bile or may cause; 

  • Fever
  • Jaundice
  • Decreased appetite
  • Nausea
  • Anorexia
  • Upper abdomen pain, 
  • Sweat
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Unexplained weight loss 

Treatments for Liver Metastases in Turkey (Türkiye)

Treatments for Liver Metastases in Turkey (Türkiye)

In Turkey, liver metastases treatments are performed by highly experienced specialists who are very professional in diagnosing and treating the condition.

The main object of liver metastases treatments in Turkey is to provide treatment options that give the very best possible quality of life and survival rate.

In Turkey during liver metastases treatments, powerful imaging tests are used to guide treatments directly to where the tumor is located. 

There are several options for treating liver metastases. Chemotherapy, Biological response modifier (BRM) therapy, Targeted therapy, and Hormonal therapy are the systemic therapies that are used in Turkey. If possible surgery will be the first option. In Turkey, combined surgery techniques may also be used such as hepatic arterial chemotherapy. This technique is performed with the delivery of the chemotherapy drug directly to the liver.

Radiation therapy and Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) are the localized therapies used in Turkey for the treatment of liver metastases. These therapies can be used both on their own and as a supportive treatment method before or after the surgery.

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