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Do you need surgery for colon cancer that has spread to your liver?

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The main treatment for colon cancer that has spread to the liver is surgery when possible.

The surgeon will take out as much of the cancer as possible from both the liver and colon. People who have just one cancer tumor in the liver have the highest survival rates.

Sometimes, the tumor can block the intestine. If this happens, your doctor can do surgery to put in a tube called a stent to open up the blockage.

From: When Colon Cancer Spreads to Your Liver WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 29, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 09/29/2017

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American Cancer Society: "Treatment of Colon Cancer by Stage," "Bevacizumab," "Immunotherapy for Colorectal Cancer."

Cancer Care: "Coping with Colorectal Cancer."

Cancer Research UK: "Surgery for Advanced Bowel Cancer," "Which treatment for advanced bowel cancer."

Johns Hopkins Liver Tumor Center: "Colorectal Liver Metastasis."

Kopetz, S.  , August 2009. Journal of Clinical Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Colon Cancer Treatment."

Dominello, M.  , April 2014. Annals of Palliative Medicine

Kress, M.  , published online Feb. 2, 2012. Frontiers in Oncology

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Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 29, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Treatment of Colon Cancer by Stage," "Bevacizumab," "Immunotherapy for Colorectal Cancer."

Cancer Care: "Coping with Colorectal Cancer."

Cancer Research UK: "Surgery for Advanced Bowel Cancer," "Which treatment for advanced bowel cancer."

Johns Hopkins Liver Tumor Center: "Colorectal Liver Metastasis."

Kopetz, S.  , August 2009. Journal of Clinical Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Colon Cancer Treatment."

Dominello, M.  , April 2014. Annals of Palliative Medicine

Kress, M.  , published online Feb. 2, 2012. Frontiers in Oncology

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Radioembolization."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 29, 2017

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