Colorectal Cancer: In Treatment: Liver Directed Treatments
Colorectal cancer that has spread to other organs is classified as metastatic disease (also called Stage IV). The liver is the most common site for metastasis.
If surgical removal (reseciton) is not possible, and the tumor ("lesion") is not considered to be operable, liver directed or targed therapies are an alternative.
Liver directed treatments include the following:
- Ablation (Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA);Cryosurgery; Microwave Ablation)
- Embolization and
- Internal radiation using yiitrium-90 microspheres .
NOTE: The information in this document was compiled with the generous help of Laura Porter, MD, Medical Consultant and Patient Advocate for the Colon Cancer Alliance, and Desiree Gray, Director of Health Economics & Patient Advocate for Sirtex Medical, Inc .