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Liver resection for colorectal liver metastasis

Lookup NU author(s): Steven White, Professor Derek Manas


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At some point in the natural course of colorectal cancer up to 50% of patients will develop metastasis to the liver. Historically only 20% of these patients would have to be deemed resectable, with an intent to cure, at the time of presentation. But with recent improvements in cross-sectional imaging, chemotherapeutic agents and advances in the techniques of surgical resection the emphasis of resection has now changed to 'who is not resectable' as opposed to 'who is resectable'. There are few contraindications to liver resection on the proviso that the patient is fit enough. As a result of this paradigm shift, 5 year survival rates are approaching 60%. Historically liver resection was perceived as a formidable operation but now liver resection for CRLM is safe and specialist centres are reporting mortality rates of less than 1%. This review briefly covers the standard techniques currently employed and some of the recent innovations being developed to improve resectability. (C) 2007 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lochan R, White SA, Manas DM

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Surgical Oncology

Year: 2007

Volume: 16

Issue: 1

Pages: 33-45

ISSN (print): 0960-7404

ISSN (electronic): 1879-3320


DOI: 10.1016/j.suronc.2007.04.010