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Metastatic Disease to the Liver

What is Metastatic Disease of the Liver?

Cancer often spreads from one area to another, a process called metastasis. Many forms of cancer spread to the liver – which is different from cancer that starts in the liver (liver cancer). Liver metastases are more common than primary liver cancer. Metastatic disease of the liver may affect only one part of the liver, or it may spread to both lobes. In any case, metastatic disease of the liver is a chronic condition and can have a variety of negative effects on the body, drastically increasing morbidity. It’s essential to find a knowledgeable and professional care team who can help you explore treatment options and management.

Symptoms and Risk Factors

Metastatic liver disease may not cause any symptoms at first because the liver is adaptable even with cancer. However, over time, it may begin to cause symptoms like:

  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Discomfort or pain in the abdomen
  • Fever
  • Jaundice
  • Swelling in the abdomen or ankles

These symptoms indicate serious problems with the liver and should be addressed with the help of your care team as soon as possible. A loss of appetite is one of the most significant effects of metastatic disease of the liver since it can put a strain on the body by making it hard to eat, especially in cancer patients who may already be struggling with a loss of appetite. It may also cause fatigue and a weakened immune system, predisposing you to further health problems.

Some types of cancer are more likely to spread to the liver than others. These include lung, breast, stomach, colorectal, pancreatic, esophageal, and biliary adenocarcinomas. Having cancer in these areas can be a risk factor for liver metastases.

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How is Metastatic Disease of the Liver Diagnosed?

Blood tests may be able to detect any poor functioning of the liver caused by cancer. Imaging may also be used, including a CT scan, ultrasound, or biopsy. After obtaining an appropriate picture of the area, our team will discuss possible treatment options and help you formulate a plan.

Metastatic Disease of the Liver Treatment Options

Treating metastatic liver disease typically requires a multifaceted approach including surgical, medical, and minimally invasive procedures. Together, these aim to improve the quality of life and survival rate of patients. At South Florida Vascular Associates, we offer groundbreaking, minimally invasive procedures such as percutaneous ablation, radioembolization (Y90), and chemoembolization. Options like chemotherapy, surgery, or transplantation are also available. Our providers will work closely with your care team (such as a medical oncologist, surgical oncologist, and interventional radiologist) to determine the best approach for treatment.


William Julien, MD

Board-Certified Vascular Interventional Physician


Mana Khatkar, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant


Anissa Rodriguez, NP-C

Certified Nurse Practitioner


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At South Florida Vascular Associates, we offer minimally invasive procedures in a comfortable, spa-like environment. You can receive expert care from our knowledgeable team without the need for a hospital stay. To learn more about your options for metastatic disease of the liver, contact our offices serving the greater Southeast Florida area. We are conveniently located in Coconut Creek, Boynton Beach, and Plantation, FL.