Liver metastasis from carcinoma of the colon.A 41-year old man who underwent a sigmoid colectomy for a Dukes B carcinoma of the colon. He presented two months later with an isolated liver secondary and underwent a segment VI resection. The specimen shows the resected segment of liver with the isolated metastatic deposit.
Resection of isolated metastatic disease from colo-rectal cancers is associated with improved survival. One report gives an actuarial 5-year survival rate of 46% for 121 patients undergoing hepatic resection for metastatic colorectal cancer.
Harmon KE, Ryan JA Jr, Biehl TR, Lee FT. Benefits and safety of
hepatic resection for colorectal metastases. Am J Surg 1999 May;177(5):402-4.
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