We use our own and third party cookies to offer you our services, customize and analyze your browsing and show you advertising related to your preferences. By continuing to browse, we consider that you accept its use. You can change the settings and get more information in the
Each case is different and must be evaluated specifically by different specialists to take into account the general condition of the patient; the disease the metastasis has produced (if there are other metastases as well as those in the liver); previous treatment and response to it; and the location of the disease in the liver. Each case must be individualised to assess if it can be subjected to surgery.
Planning the appropriate treatment for each patient is essential. Liver metastases imply advanced diagnoses of a malignant disease. For this reason, a multidisciplinary approach is essential. Treatment will vary according to the origin of the metastases, the amount, the location and the condition of the patient.
Other treatments aimed at destroying the metastasis with radiofrequency, radioembolisation.
Supportive and palliative treatment.
Making the right treatment decisions is important. Expert opinion and a review of tests performed can take several weeks before a final treatment plan is devised.
A multidisciplinary team made up of liver surgeons, oncologists, radiation therapists, radiologists, interventional radiologists and palliative care specialists collaborate to decide the most appropriate therapeutic strategy with the patient. For surgical treatment, the specialists with the most experience in the treatment of liver metastases are the hepatobiliopancreatic surgery teams.
The extent of the surgery performed depends on the needs of the patient.
Metastasectomy: This is the limited resection of one or more lesions.
Major hepatectomy: This requires the removal of the lesion and a significant part of the liver where there is no metastasis, due to the number of lesions or their location (extension to essential parts of the liver).
Radiofrequency ablation: This is the destruction of the metastasis through the use of electrical heat achieved after insertion into the lesions. This is done in special situations and must be assessed beforehand.
Adjuvant chemotherapy. This is performed after liver surgery to reduce the chance of the cancer returning.
Neodjuvant chemotherapy. This is performed before surgery to treat potential cells at a distance from the tumour and reduce tumour size as the only treatment for cases of liver metastases that are not candidates for surgery.
We are sorry, we are working to improve PortalCLÍNIC. Help us become better, tell us why
Thanks for your help!
An error has occurred and we were unable to send your opinion, please try again later.
The donations that can be done through this webpage are exclusively for the benefit of Hospital Clínic of Barcelona through Fundació Clínic per a la Recerca Biomèdica and not for BBVA Foundation, entity that collaborates with the project of PortalClínic.
Receive the latest updates related to this content.
Thank you for subscribing!
If this is the first time you subscribe you will receive a confirmation email, check your inbox
An error occurred and we were unable to send your data, please try again later.
Subscribe to the Newsletter of Clínic
Receive the latest news from our institution directly to your email.
Thanks for your subscription!
We have received your information. Check your inbox, in a few moments you will receive a confirmation email.
An error has occurred and we have not been able to send your data, please try again later.
More about assistance and health
Join our job pool
Hospital Clínic de Barcelona looks for talented professionals to cover job openings on a regular basis.