Metastasis is the spread of cancer cells to other organs. It’s common in patients with advanced colon and rectal cancer. Colon cancer usually spreads to the liver; rectal cancer, to the lungs. But either cancer can spread to either or both organs. About 60 to 70 percent of people develop a liver tumor if cancer comes back after primary colorectal cancer surgery.
To treat metastases, the colorectal experts at Memorial Sloan Kettering use a variety of treatment approaches for metastases, including:
- image-guided therapies
- biologic therapies
- radiation therapy
When possible, our surgeons remove primary colorectal tumors and liver metastases during the same operation. This can significantly reduce your recovery time and risk for complications.
Learn more about how we care for people with liver metastases.