Natural History of Liver Metastasis and Resective Treatment

  • Martin A. Adson
Part of the Developments in Oncology book series (DION, volume 42)


Five-year survival after resection of hepatic metastases from colorectal cancer is 25%. Although resection palliates the disease in some patients who do not live that long, 50% of patients so treated are not helped at all. Until ignorance of a cancer’s real stage is resolved by improved techniques, the evaluation and choice of therapy can be based only upon knowledge of the natural history of untreated metastases and determinants of prognosis derived from treated patients. Analysis of the survival rates of 252 patients who had biopsy-proven, unresected hepatic metastases that were the only evidence of residual disease shows the extent to which natural history, rather than resection, may determine length of survival. It also indicates the need for critical analysis of two- and three-year survival rates reported after any therapy. Study of 141 patients who had hepatic metastases resected shows that the stage of the primary lesion, being female, and the absence of extrahepatic metastases are significant determinants of favorable prognosis after resection of hepatic metastases.


Natural History Liver Metastasis Hepatic Metastasis Extrahepatic Metastasis Hepatic Involvement 
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