Stomach Cancer Liver Resection
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Stomach cancer in advanced stages commonly metastasizes (i.e., spreads) to the liver. In some cases, surgery to remove the cancerous portion of the liver may be a treatment option. This procedure is known as a partial hepatectomy, or liver resection.
Surgical oncologists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) hospitals regularly perform liver resection procedures. They can be done as either a traditional, open surgical procedure or as a less invasive, laparoscopic procedure.
To determine if liver resection surgery is possible, several factors are considered, including:
- If multiple liver tumors, large liver tumors and tumors in multiple lobes of the liver are present, they may not be able to be surgically removed.
- A significant enough portion of the liver that is healthy must remain in order for it to function properly.
- Liver tumors near blood vessels also may be inoperable. Other treatments such as intra-arterial chemotherapy or chemoembolization may be more appropriate options.
- Patients who have cirrhosis usually do not tolerate liver resection.
The goal in performing liver resection surgery is to prevent the disease from continuing to spread.
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