The liver is highly susceptible to metastasis. Liver metastasis occurs when cancer spreads from another part of the body to the liver. Patients with colon, eye, stomach, pancreatic, breast or lung cancer
are at highest risk for developing liver metastasis, and should be examined regularly by a medical professional to prevent secondary liver cancers from forming. While liver metastasis does not always display noticeable symptoms, some patients with liver metastasis have sweats, abdominal pain
, weight loss
and fevers. Depending on the severity and progression of the liver metastasis, patients may experience these symptoms or not. It is important for all cancer patients to see a doctor regularly since people with untreated liver metastasis live an average of just 8.7 months.Considerations
Sometimes the symptoms that appear from liver metastasis may be wrongly perceived as something entirely separate from the cancer. For example, sudden anorexia
may be attributed to a psychological problem when, in fact, severe weight loss may actually be the result of an undiagnosed liver metastasis. Similarly, fevers, nausea and sweats may be chalked up to the flu when they are actually being caused by a liver metastasis. Always check with a doctor before dismissing symptoms as harmless. People with a history of cancer should be especially vigilant about discussing symptoms with a medical professional.
When liver metastasis becomes terminal, more noticeable and serious symptoms materialize. Jaundice
and hepatic encephalopathy
indicate that death is near. Once these symptoms appear, the liver metastasis has progressed too far and further medical treatment will likely be ineffective.
There is no curative treatment for liver metastasis.
Your father should be under the guidance and treatment of the doctor.