What is Liver Metastases?
Liver secondaries or metastatic liver cancer or liver metastases is a medical condition that occurs when cancerous cells spread (metastasized) to the liver from any other part of the body. As such, these tumors may develop either:
- right after the development of the original tumor, or
- months or several years later
Metastatic liver cancer cells are made up of the same types of cancerous cells as the primary organ cancer.
What Are The Common Cancers Which Causes Liver Metastases?
- Colon and rectum
- Ovaries and uterus
What Are The Symptoms Of Liver Metastases?
There are usually no symptoms in the early stages of liver metastases. In later stages, patients suffering from liver metastases can develop symptoms related to liver swelling, such as
- Loss of appetite, and weight loss
- Swollen abdomen
- Pain in the abdomen as well as right side of the rib cage
- Jaundice or yellowish skin
- Fever and cold chills
- Dark-colored urine