Metastatic Liver Cancer
Metastatic liver cancer, also known as secondary liver cancer, begins as
a primary cancer in another organ outside of the liver, and eventually
migrates to the liver.
In fact, the liver is the most common site (after the lymph nodes) for
cancers to spread. Most of these originate from cancers of the eye, colon,
rectum, pancreas, stomach, esophagus, breast, lung, melanoma and some
other less common sites.
Risk Factors for Metastases to the Liver
Most cancers can metastasise to the liver. The following primary cancer
sites are those most likely to cause liver metastases:
Symptoms of Metastases to the Liver
Often, secondary liver cancer does not cause symptoms during early stages.
However, as the disease progresses, symptoms associated with liver disease
often develop, including:
- Pain in the upper abdomen on the right side; the pain may extend to the
back and shoulder
- Swollen abdomen (bloating)
- Weight loss, loss of appetite and/or feelings of fullness
- Weakness and/or fatigue
- Nausea and vomiting
- Yellow skin and eyes, and dark urine from jaundice
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important
to seek proper evaluation and treatment from a healthcare expert experienced in the
treatment of liver cancer.
Expert Care You Can Trust!
The Hoag Digestive Disease Center, in alliance with USC Norris Comprehensive
Cancer Center, continues to lead the way in complex gastrointestinal care, providing
access to a highly specialized surgical team that works collaboratively
with Hoag-affiliated GI and medical oncology specialists to provide academic-level
care. Hoag’s committed to
accurate diagnosis, combined with
progressive therapeutic options enables Hoag patients to achieve some of the highest clinical outcomes
in the nation.
To schedule a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, or a second-opinion
consultation with a Hoag gastrointestinal expert, visit
Meet the Team, or call us at: 949-764-5350.