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Liver Metastasis: Local Treatments

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More than half of women with stage IV breast cancer eventually develop liver metastasis. In most cases, the breast cancer has already spread to other parts of the body before reaching the liver.

Only about 5-12% of women have liver metastases as their only site of cancer spread. In this situation, for carefully selected patients, some doctors may recommend surgery to remove the cancer. Surgery and other local treatments may be used if the cancer in the liver is causing persistent pain or serious problems with liver function.

Otherwise, whole-body therapies such as chemotherapy, hormonal therapies, or targeted therapies are the usual choice.

There are a number of local treatment options for liver metastasis including surgery, radiation therapy, ablation, and local chemotherapy. In this section you can learn more about:

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