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Metastatic cancers do not become new form of cancer. For example, lung cancer that spreads to the liver is called metastatic lung Cancer rather than liver Cancer. This type of metastatic cancer is common in advanced stages of lung Cancer. It can be challenging to treat and often has poor prognosis. In this article, we look at how lung cancer spreads to different organs, its effects on the body, and how doctors treat it. How quickly cancers spread depends on a multitude of factors such as individual health status, type of lung cancer, and response to treatment. For example, type called large cell carcinoma, which accounts for about 10 - 15% of lung cancers, tends to grow and spread quickly, which makes it harder to treat. Comparing the likelihood of lung cancer spreading quicker than other cancers requires more specialized studies. Christina Chun, MPH Answers represent the opinions of our medical experts. All content is strictly informational and should not be considered medical advice.

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Diagnosis

To figure out whether your NSCLC has spread to your liver or other parts of your body, your doctor may ask you to take some of these tests: blood chemistry tests. When cancer spreads to your liver, it can raise levels ofA liver enzymesA such as alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase. Blood tests can reveal these changes. Ct. This powerful X - ray takes detailed pictures inside your body. It can find signs of cancer in your liver and other organs. Pet / CT scan. This test combines CT with positron emission tomography scan. It uses a small amount of radioactive substance called radiotracer. Tracers build up in areas of your body where there is cancer. Cameras take pictures to show where cancer has spread. Biopsy. Your doctor removes a small tissue sample from your liver and checks it under microscope for cancer.

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Treatment

In the past, liver metastases were considered generally inoperable and treated with only palliative measures. More recently, however, there has been a paradigm shift in treatment of liver metastases. Aggressive surgical resection followed by Chemotherapy is now used in select groups of patients. Even for inoperable tumors, treatment modalities such as Radiofrequency Ablation and Microwave Ablation hold great promise for improving survival. Treatment depends on the type of primary cancer site, extent of spread to the liver, whether cancer has spread to other organs besides liver, and the patient's overall condition. When spread is limited to the liver, systemic chemotherapy may still be used. However, other treatment methods may be effective. When the tumor is only in a few areas of the liver, cancer may be removed with surgery. When cancer has spread to the liver and other organs, whole - body chemotherapy is usually the treatment of choice. Radiofrequency waves or injection of toxic substances may also be used. When larger areas of the liver are involve, treatment may involve chemotherapy directly into the liver, or procedure to block blood flow to parts of the liver to starve tumor cells.

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Continued

Each period of treatment and rest is called a cycle. You generally need four to six cycles. Fever chill Greater risk of infection, hair loss, nausea and vomiting, Diarrhea or constipation, Rash Numbness in your fingers and toes. These problems should go away after you stop treatment. Talk to your doctor about medicine or other ways to get relief while you re getting chemo. Radiation. This treatment uses high - energy rays to kill cancer cells and stop new ones from forming. It can ease symptoms of your cancer. Redness in treated area of skin Hair loss tiredness target therapy. Some types of cancer contain genes or other substances that help them grow and survive. Therapies for late - stage NSCLC target proteins that promote growth of new blood vessels to feed Cancer and other proteins that make Cancer cells grow faster. You might get side effects from target therapy, such as: rash mouth sores, breathing problems, nausea and vomiting, Diarrhea Tiredness, headache immunotherapy. This treatment boosts your immune system - the body's defense against germs - moves against cancer. One type of immunotherapy for NSCLC is called checkpoint inhibitor. Checkpoints are markers that help your immune system recognize your own cells so it doesn't attack them. Some cancer cells are able to hide behind checkpoints to avoid detection, but checkpoint inhibitors disable checkpoints on cancer cells so your immune system can find them. Tiredness Fever Itching Diarrhea Rash diet changes. If you 've lost your appetite, try to eat several smaller meals throughout the day instead of three big ones. Eat foods that are high in protein and calories, like nuts or ice cream. If you just can't eat, ask your doctor if you should take medicine to improve your appetite. Relaxation therapies. Techniques like meditation or yoga can help you relax and get relief from anxiety and stress. Support network. Talk to a psychologist, therapist, social worker, or another member of your medical team to help you manage your emotions. Friends and family can be big sources of help, too.

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How to Manage Symptoms

Lung Cancer symptoms can have a significant impact on your quality of life. However, there are exercises and techniques to help you manage lung Cancer symptoms. There are many different lung Cancer symptoms. Some symptoms can appear before you are diagnose, whilst some may develop post - diagnosis or during treatment. Lung Cancer affects people in different ways. You may have general symptoms of not feeling well, or you may have specific symptoms related to your lungs or to other parts of your body affected by cancer. Breathlessness, Tiredness, coughing, Pain management, Constipation, Weight Loss or Loss of appetite. In this section, we will share exercises which may help relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life.


Top tips for breathlessness

Many people with Lung Cancer have difficulty breathing and shortness of breath. This can be challenging and may cause distress. Types of surgery that can help improve this symptom include pleural tap to drain fluid, pleurodesis to stop fluid building up again and indwelling pleural catheter. You may have one or more of these procedures to ease symptoms even before Lung Cancer is diagnose, and they could be suggested at any time to improve breathlessness. You may also refer to pulmonary rehabilitation course to learn about how to manage breathlessness, which will include exercise training, breathing techniques and tips for pacing yourself. See ideas about how to manage breathlessness at home.


Top tips for managing fatigue

Set small, manageable goals for the day, and rest before you get too tire. Plan breaks throughout the day when you are completely still for a while. Eye pillow can help at these times. Say no to things you really don't feel like doing. Leave plenty of time to get to appointments. Ask your doctor about what sort of exercise would be suitable. Even a gentle walk around the garden or block can boost your energy levels. Ask for and accept offers of help with tasks such as shopping, cleaning and gardening. Eat nutritious food to keep your energy levels up. Consider acupuncture - some find it helps with fatigue. Listen to Managing Cancer Fatigue episode of our podcast.


Pain

Pain can be a symptom of lung cancer, but can also be a side effect of treatment such as surgery or chemotherapy. Medicines to control pain may be mild, like paracetamol; moderate, like codeine; or strong and opioid - base, like morphine. Various procedures can manage fluid build - up that is causing pain. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy can shrink lung tumours that are causing pain or can relieve pain from cancer that has spread to bones. Tell your team if you are in pain. If pain is hard to manage, palliative care or pain specialist can help find the right pain control for you.

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Metastatic vs. second primary cancer

Metastasis is a term used to describe the spread of tumor cells from primary sites to surrounding structures and distant sites. It is considered a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. Distant metastasis is an indicative marker of the aggressive nature of primary tumor. Metastasis to lungs is a complex multistep process. Metastatic tumor cells go through stages of detachment from primary tumor sites, invasion into vessels, extravasation into appropriate secondary site, establishment of microenvironment supporting its nourishment and blood supply. Common cancers that metastasize to lung parenchyma include breast, lung, colorectal cancer, uterine leiomyosarcoma, and head / neck squamous cell carcinomas. Cancers that spread to endobronchial tree of lungs include colorectal, renal, and lung cancer, and lymphomas. Other tumors that can metastasize to lungs include osteosarcoma, testicular tumors. Other rare cancers described in literature that metastasize to lung include adrenal, thyroid, choriocarcinoma, hypernephroma. Some tumors cannot be identified and are classified as Cancer of Unknown Primary. Around 90% of CUP are adenocarcinomas, with squamous cell carcinomas and undifferentiated carcinomas reportedly less frequent.

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Causes

Various cancer - causing substances are associated with primary liver cancer, including certain herbicides and chemicals such as vinyl chloride and arsenic. Smoking, especially if you abuse alcohol as well, also increases risk. Aflatoxins, cancer - causing substances made by type of plant mold, have also been implicate. Aflatoxins can contaminate wheat, peanuts, rice, corn, and soybeans. These are rare problems in most developed countries like the US. Other causes include hormones androgen and estrogen and dye formerly used in medical tests called thorotrast. Your sex. Men are more likely to get hepatocellular carcinoma than women. Your weight. Obesity can increase the risk for hepatocellular carcinoma. Your race. In the US, liver cancer is most common in Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Anabolic steroid use. Male hormones abused by athletes to increase muscle can slightly increase liver cancer risk with long - term use. History of diabetes. Studies have suggested a link between diabetes and liver cancer. This is likely due to the link between diabetes and fatty liver disease. Inherit metabolic diseases. Diseases that disrupt normal metabolism of the body have been shown to increase your risk of liver cancer. Rare diseases. Studies have found a link between liver cancer and some rare diseases like alpha - 1 antitrypsin deficiency, tyrosinemia, and Wilson's disease.

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Prognosis

When people hear that they have liver metastases from lung cancer, one of the first questions is often what is life expectancy? The answer depends on many factors, including the extent of metastases, status of cancer in the rest of the body, general health, mutation status, and more. In people who have EGFR positive lung cancer, liver metastases are more common in people who have exon 21 mutation subtype, and in this setting, it is a poor prognostic sign with median survival of only 6. 7 months. The presence of liver metastases has also been linked to poorer prognosis in people with non - small cell lung cancer treated with Opdivo. That say, study presented at the 2019 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology found that the combination of Tecentriq, avastin, and two chemotherapy drugs improved both progression - free and overall survival in people with liver metastases. With regard to limited liver metastases that can be treat, overall survival rate is still unknown, though there are cases of long term survival following these treatments. For some people, local treatment of liver metastases with SBRT appears to cause changes in the immune system that can result in reduction in tumors in other regions of the body. There are several clinical trials now in place that will hopefully answer this question in the future.

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Support

Although the ajcc staging system is often used to describe the spread of liver cancer, doctors use a more practical system to determine treatment options. Liver cancers are often categorized as: Potentially resectable or transplantable Cancer Unresectable Cancer that has not spread Advanced Cancer Potentially resectable or transplantable Liver cancers Potentially resectable If your cancer is in early stage and the rest of your liver is healthy, surgery may cure you. Only a small number of people with Liver Cancer are in this category. Important factors that may influence the outcome are the size of the tumor and if nearby blood vessels are affect. Larger tumors or those that invade blood vessels are more likely to come back in the liver or spread elsewhere after surgery. How well your liver is working and your general health are also important. For some people with early - stage liver cancer, liver transplant could be another option. Clinical trials are now looking at whether patients who have partial hepatectomy will be helped by getting other treatments in addition to surgery. Some studies have found that using chemoembolization or other treatments along with surgery may help some patients live longer. More research is needed to know the value of adding other treatments to surgery. Potentially transplantable If your cancer is at an early stage, but the rest of your liver isnt healthy, you may be able to be treated with liver transplant. Liver transplant may also be an option if a tumor is in part of the liver that makes it hard to remove. Candidates for liver transplant might have to wait a long time for liver to become available. While they are waiting, they are often given other treatments, such as ablation or embolization, to keep cancer under control. Unresectable Liver cancers that have not spread Unresectable cancers include cancers that have yet spread to lymph nodes or distant sites, but that ca be removed safely by partial hepatectomy. This might be because: tumor is too large to be removed safely. A tumor is in the part of the liver that makes it hard to remove. There are several tumors or cancer has spread throughout the liver. Person isn't healthy enough for liver surgery. Treatment options might include ablation, embolization, or both for liver tumor. Other options may include targeted therapy, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, and / or radiation therapy. For some of these cancers, treatment may shrink the tumor enough so that surgery may become possible. These treatments are very unlikely to cure cancer, but they can reduce symptoms and may even help people live longer. Because these cancers can be hard to treat, clinical trials of newer treatments may offer good option in many cases. Advanced Liver cancers advance Liver Cancer has spread either to lymph nodes or to other organs. Because these cancers are widespread, they cannot be treated with surgery.

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Survival

Table

SEER stage5-year relative survival rate
Localized33%
Regional11%
Distant2%
All SEER stages combined18%

Survival rates can give you an idea of what percentage of people with the same type and stage of cancer are still alive certain amount of time after they were diagnose. They ca tell you how long you will live, but they may help give you a better understanding of how likely it is that your treatment will be successful. Keep in mind that survival rates are estimates and are often based on previous outcomes of large numbers of people who had specific cancer, but they ca predict what will happen in any particular persons case. These statistics can be confusing and may lead you to have more questions. Talk with your doctor about how these numbers may apply to you, as he or she is familiar with your situation. What is the 5 - year relative survival rate? The Relative survival rate compares people with the same type and stage of cancer to people in the overall population. For example, if the 5 - year relative survival rate for a specific stage of lung cancer is 60%, it means that people who have that cancer are, on average, about 60% as likely as people who dont have that cancer to live for at least 5 years after being diagnose. Where do these numbers come from? The American Cancer Society relies on information from the SEER * database, maintained by the National Cancer Institute, to provide survival statistics for different types of cancer. The SEER database tracks 5 - year relative survival rates for non - small cell lung Cancer and small cell lung Cancer in the United States, based on how far cancer has spread. The SEER database, however, does not group cancers by AJCC TNM stages. Instead, it groups cancers into localize, regional, and distant stages: localize: There is no sign that cancer has spread outside of the lung. Regional: Cancer has spread outside lungs to nearby structures or lymph nodes. Distant: Cancer has spread to distant parts of the body, such as brain, bones, liver, or other lung.S 5 - year relative survival rates for non - small cell lung Cancer These numbers are based on people diagnosed with NSCLC between 2009 and 2015. Seer stage 5 - year relative survival rate is 61% Regional 35% Distant 6% All SEER stages combined 24% 5 - year relative survival rates for small cell lung Cancer. These numbers are based on people diagnosed with SCLC between 2009 and 2015. Seer stage 5 - year relative survival rate localize 27% Regional 16% Distant 3% All SEER stages combined 6% Understanding numbers These numbers apply only to the stage of cancer when it is first diagnose. They do not apply later on if cancer grows, spreads, or comes back after treatment. These numbers dont take everything into account. Survival rates are grouped based on how far cancer has spread. But other factors, such as subtype of NSCLC, gene changes in cancer cells, your age and overall health, and how well cancer responds to treatment, can also affect your outlook.

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Table2

SEER stage5-year relative survival rate
Localized61%
Regional35%
Distant6%
All SEER stages combined24%

Table3

SEER stage5-year relative survival rate
Localized27%
Regional16%
Distant3%
All SEER stages combined6%
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Function of the liver

Liver Cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the liver. Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. To learn more about how cancers start and spread, see What Is Cancer? To understand Liver Cancer, it helps to know about the normal structure and function of the liver. The liver liver is the largest internal organ. It lies under your right rib just beneath your right lung. It has two lobes. To understand Liver Cancer, it helps to know about the normal structure and function of the liver. Liver is made up mainly of cells called hepatocytes. It also has other types of cells, including cells that line its blood vessels and cells that line small tubes in the liver called Bile ducts. Bile ducts carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder or directly to the intestines. You cannot live without your liver. It has many important functions: It breaks down and stores many of the nutrients absorbed from the intestine that your body needs to function. Some nutrients must be changed in the liver before they can be used for energy or to build and repair body tissues. It makes most of the clotting factors that keep you from bleeding too much when you are cut or injure. It delivers bile into the intestines to help absorb nutrients. It breaks down alcohol, drugs, and toxic waste in the blood, which then passes from the body through urine and stool. Different types of cells in the liver can form several types of malignant and benign tumors. These tumors have different causes, are treated differently, and have different prognosis. Primary Liver Cancer Cancer that starts in the liver is called Primary Liver Cancer. There is more than one kind of primary liver Cancer. Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common form of Liver Cancer in adults. Hepatocellular cancers can have different growth patterns: Some begin as a single tumor that grows larger. Only late in the disease does it spread to other parts of the liver. The second type seems to start as many small cancer nodules throughout the liver, not just a single tumor. This is seen most often in people with cirrhosis and is the most common pattern seen in the United States. Doctors can classify several subtypes of HCC. Most often, these subtypes do not affect treatment or prognosis. But one of these subtypes, fibrolamellar, is important to recognize. It is rare, making up less than 1% of HCCs and is most often seen in women younger than 35. Often the rest of the liver is not diseased. This subtype tends to have a better outlook than other forms of HCC. Most of the rest of Is content refers only to hepatocellular carcinoma and is called Liver Cancer. Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma About 10% to 20% of cancers that start in the liver are intrahepatic cholangiocarcinomas. These cancers start in cells that line small bile ducts within the liver.

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