What Is Colorectal Liver Metastasis (CLM)?
Colorectal liver metastasis, or CLM, occurs when colon or rectal cancer spreads or metastasizes to the liver via the portal circulation. Up to 25% of patients diagnosed with colon cancer are determined upon appropriate investigation to have colorectal liver metastases. As many as 50 % of patients will develop spread to the liver at a remote time after their diagnosis.
Treatment Has Come a Long Way
Prior to the advent of liver surgery (50 years ago), all patients with liver metastases from colon cancer died as a result of metastatic disease. Liver resection or removal of portions (segments) of the liver offers many patients the hope of being cured.
Prior to contemporary chemotherapy, survival of patients treated with liver resection was as high as 30%. Modern chemotherapy (the past 10 years) has improved the results obtained by liver resection alone. Survival rates over 50% have been reported by many centers in the literature.
Aggressive surgery on the liver is possible because of the liver’s regenerative capacity. As much as 70% of the liver can be removed because of the liver’s remarkable ability to regenerate.
Dr. Fraiman has been treating patients with colorecal liver metastases for 20 years with great success and outcomes. Contact the Liver and Pancreas Center at St. Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore, MD today to see how Dr. Fraiman and his team may be able to help you or a loved one suffering with colorectal liver metastasis.
Below are videos that help explain the procedure of liver resection for CLM.