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Lung Cancer spreading to the liver is sadly too common. Nearly 40 percent of people with lung cancer have metastases in distant region of body at time of diagnosis. What can you expect if your lung cancer has spread to your liver? Answer is changing rapidly, so it's important to be aware of newer treatment options now available. Lung Cancer that has spread to the liver is called lung Cancer metastatic to liver. For people with non - small cell lung cancer, spread of cancer to the liver would classify it as stage 4 Cancer. With small cell lung Cancer, it would be classified as extensive stage. Oftentimes, lung cancer will spread to more than one area of the body. For example, it's common to have both liver metastases and brain metastases.

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Symptoms

If your lung cancer has spread to your liver, you may not have any symptoms at all. In fact, spread is often discovered when test, such as CT scan or PET scan is done to determine the stage of your cancer. If you do have symptoms, these may include pain under your ribs or in your abdomen on the right side of your body, and general symptoms, such as loss of appetite and nausea. If you have many tumors in your liver or if metastasis is large enough to obstruct your bile ducts, you may develop jaundice, yellowish discoloration of your skin and white part of your eyes. Liver metastases also disrupt metabolism of bile causing build up of bile salts in the skin. This can result in severe and frustrating itching.

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Treatment for common types

Cancer cells that develop in liver metastases are not cells from the liver. They are cells from the part of the body where cancer originate. Because cancer has spread to the liver from another part of the body, doctors may refer to liver metastases as Stage 4 or advanced Cancer. Primary Liver Cancer is less common than liver metastases. Typically, people with primary liver cancer have risk factors such as cirrhosis or hepatitis. Treating liver metastases typically aims to alleviate symptoms and increase life expectancy. In most cases, there is no way to cure liver metastases. There are two treatment approaches for liver metastases: local and systematic. A person's age and overall health status will determine what approach a doctor may suggest. Treatment will also depend on where primary cancer is, size and number of tumors in the liver, and any past treatments person has try. Radiofrequency Ablation, which uses high - frequency electrical currents to create enough heat to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy, which can be from injected radiation or machines that use beams of radiation to target tumor systematic treatments, may target cancer throughout the body via bloodstream. Some possible options for liver metastases include: biological response modifier therapy, which helps boost the body's immune system, chemotherapy, which uses drugs to target rapidly growing cells throughout the body, hormone therapy, which targets cancers that rely on hormones to grow, such as breast cancer target therapy, which directly targets cancer cells

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Prognosis and life expectancy

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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Complications

Cancer cells that develop in liver metastases are not cells from the liver. They are cells from the part of the body where cancer originate. Because cancer has spread to the liver from another part of the body, doctors may refer to liver metastases as Stage 4 or advanced Cancer. Primary Liver Cancer is less common than liver metastases. Typically, people with primary liver cancer have risk factors such as cirrhosis or hepatitis. A person may experience more acute symptoms that indicate that they should seek medical attention immediately. Frequent vomiting, or vomiting two or more times per day for more than 1 day, unusual swelling in legs or abdomen, trouble swallowing bloody vomit, jaundice black bowel movement, unexplained weight loss, liver metastases are complications of more advanced cancers. It is an indication that cancer has spread from one area to another. Liver metastases are most common with the following cancer types: Liver metastasis can occur years after successful treatment of primary cancer. People should get regular checkups to help ensure that they remain free of cancer. Person should also know signs of liver metastases and let their doctor know if they experience any of its symptoms.


Liver Cancer Symptoms and Signs

Early stages of liver metastases may not present any noticeable symptoms. As tumor in the liver advances, however, liver may swell. Swelling can cause obstruction to blood and bile flow. When this occur, person may experience symptoms such as: weight loss, dark urine, loss of appetite, abdominal bloating, jaundice, or yellowing of skin and eyes, nausea and vomiting, wide liver pain in the right shoulder, pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, confusion fever, fatigue, sweating person with cancer in another area of body who notice new symptoms should let their healthcare provider know as soon as possible.

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Continued

Cryotherapy, or freezing tumor, and radiofrequency ablation, using radio waves to destroy tumor, may be used to treat some cases of liver cancer. Radiation therapy can be given in various ways, but has its limitations due to the liver's low tolerance to radiation. When used, the role of radiation is to alleviate symptoms outside of the liver or to relieve pain within the liver by shrinking tumor. Radioembolization therapy uses substances to cut off blood supply to the tumor. Liver transplant may be an option for those with both liver cancer and cirrhosis. Although this procedure is risky, it offers some chance of long - term survival. Advanced liver cancer has no standard curative treatment. Chemotherapy and low - dose radiation may control cancer's spread and ease pain, however these are of modest benefit in this type of cancer. Most patients receive painkilling medication along with drugs to relieve nausea, improve appetite, and reduce abdominal or lower body swelling. Drug sorafenib is the first drug to significantly improve overall survival with advanced liver cancer and is considered the drug of choice for such patients. People with advanced liver cancer may choose to join clinical trials testing new approaches to treatment.

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What is End-Stage Liver Disease?

Common Causes of Cirrhosis

Alcohol-related liver disease.Most people who consume alcohol do not suffer damage to the liver. But heavy alcohol use over several years can cause chronic injury to the liver. The amount of alcohol it takes to damage the liver varies greatly from person to person. For women, consuming two to three drinks-including beer and wine-per day and for men, three to four drinks per day, can lead to liver damage and cirrhosis. In the past, alcohol-related cirrhosis led to more deaths than cirrhosis due to any other cause. Deaths caused by obesity-related cirrhosis are increasing.
Chronic hepatitis CThe hepatitis C virus is a liver infection that is spread by contact with an infected person's blood. Chronic hepatitis C causes inflammation and damage to the liver over time that can lead to cirrhosis.
Chronic hepatitis B and DThe hepatitis B virus is a liver infection that is spread by contact with an infected person's blood, semen, or other body fluid. Hepatitis B, like hepatitis C, causes liver inflammation and injury that can lead to cirrhosis. The hepatitis B vaccine is given to all infants and many adults to prevent the virus. Hepatitis D is another virus that infects the liver and can lead to cirrhosis, but it occurs only in people who already have hepatitis B.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)In NAFLD, fat builds up in the liver and eventually causes cirrhosis. This increasingly common liver disease is associated with obesity, diabetes, protein malnutrition, coronary artery disease, and corticosteroid medications.
Autoimmune hepatitisThis form of hepatitis is caused by the body's immune system attacking liver cells and causing inflammation, damage, and eventually cirrhosis. Researchers believe genetic factors may make some people more prone to autoimmune diseases. About 70 percent of those with autoimmune hepatitis are female.
Diseases that damage or destroy bile ductsSeveral diseases can damage or destroy the ducts that carry bile from the liver, causing bile to back up in the liver and leading to cirrhosis. In adults, the most common condition in this category is primary biliary cirrhosis, a disease in which the bile ducts become inflamed and damaged and, ultimately, disappear. Secondary biliary cirrhosis can happen if the ducts are mistakenly tied off or injured during gallbladder surgery. Primary sclerosing cholangitis is another condition that causes damage and scarring of bile ducts. In infants, damaged bile ducts are commonly caused by Alagille syndrome or biliary atresia, conditions in which the ducts are absent or injured.
Inherited diseasesCystic fibrosis, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hemochromatosis, Wilson disease, galactosemia, and glycogen storage diseases are inherited diseases that interfere with how the liver produces, processes, and stores enzymes, proteins, metals, and other substances the body needs to function properly. Cirrhosis can result from these conditions.
Drugs, toxins, and infectionsOther causes of cirrhosis include drug reactions, prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals, parasitic infections, and repeated bouts of heart failure with liver congestion.

The liver is the largest organ inside the body and is located under the right ribs and beneath the right lung. The liver has several functions. It secretes bile into intestines to absorb fats, breaks down and stores nutrients, manufactures clotting factors needed to stop bleeding, and breaks down toxic agents, like alcohol and drugs. Once toxic agents are broken down, they can be eliminated from the body through urine or stool. One of the causes of cirrhosis, scarring of the liver, is alcoholism. A person cannot live without a liver, so liver shut down or liver failure is fatal. Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, which can progress to scarring or Liver Cancer. Hepatitis can be caused by toxic substances, infection, or autoimmune diseases. Common viruses that cause hepatitis are referred to as types, B, C, D, and E. It's possible to prevent hepatitis with vaccines available for types, B, and E. Metastatic Cancer is cancer that has spread from the place where it first starts to another place in the body. Metastatic Cancer in the liver is a condition in which cancer from other organs has spread through the bloodstream to the liver. Here, liver cells are not what have become cancerous. Livers have become the site to which cancer that starts elsewhere has spread. Metastatic Cancer has the same name and same type of cancer cells as the original Cancer. The most common cancers that spread to the liver are the breast, colon, bladder, kidney, ovary, pancreas, stomach, uterus, and lungs. Metastatic Liver Cancer is a rare condition that occurs when cancer originates in the liver and spreads to other organs in the body. Some people with metastatic tumors do not have symptoms. Their metastases are found by X - rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, or other tests. Enlargement of the liver or jaundice can indicate cancer has spread to the liver. Most people who get Liver Cancer get it in the setting of chronic liver disease, which scars the liver and increases the risk for liver cancer. Conditions that cause cirrhosis are alcohol use / abuse, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Causes of Liver Cancer may be linked to environmental, dietary, or lifestyle factors. For example, in November 2014, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, found that long - term exposure to triclosan, common ingredient in soaps and detergents, causes liver fibrosis and cancer in laboratory mice. Although triclosan has not been proven to cause human Liver Cancer, it is currently under scrutiny by FDA to determine whether it has negative health impacts. Incidence rates of hepatocellular cancer are rising in the United States due to the increasing prevalence of cirrhosis caused by chronic hepatitis C and steatohepatitis. Cirrhosis of the liver due to any cause is a risk factor for Liver Cancer.


What causes cirrhosis?

When a substance or disease attacks and damages the liver, liver cells are killed and scar tissue form. This scarring process is called fibrosis, and it happens little by little over many years. When the whole liver is scar, it shrinks and gets hard. This is called cirrhosis, and usually this damage cannot be undone. Any illness that affects the liver over a long period of time may lead to fibrosis and, eventually, cirrhosis. Some common causes are heavy drinking, viruses, buildup of fat in the liver, inherited diseases, toxic effects from drugs and autoimmune diseases. These are more fully explored in the next section. Cirrhosis has numerous causes. In the United States, heavy alcohol consumption and chronic hepatitis C have been the most common causes of cirrhosis. Obesity is becoming a common cause of cirrhosis, either as the sole cause or in combination with alcohol, hepatitis C, or both. Many people with cirrhosis have more than one cause of liver damage. Cirrhosis is not caused by trauma to the liver or other acute, or short - term, cause of damage. Usually, years of chronic injury are required to cause cirrhosis.

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Edema and ascitesWhen liver damage progresses to an advanced stage, fluid collects in the legs, called edema, and in the abdomen, called ascites. Ascites can lead to bacterial peritonitis, a serious infection.
Bruising and bleedingWhen the liver slows or stops producing the proteins needed for blood clotting, a person will bruise or bleed easily.
Portal hypertensionNormally, blood from the intestines and spleen is carried to the liver through the portal vein. But cirrhosis slows the normal flow of blood, which increases the pressure in the portal vein. This condition is called portal hypertension.
Esophageal varices and gastropathyWhen portal hypertension occurs, it may cause enlarged blood vessels in the esophagus, called varices, or in the stomach, called gastropathy, or both. Enlarged blood vessels are more likely to burst due to thin walls and increased pressure. If they burst, serious bleeding can occur in the esophagus or upper stomach, requiring immediate medical attention.
SplenomegalyWhen portal hypertension occurs, the spleen frequently enlarges and holds white blood cells and platelets, reducing the numbers of these cells in the blood. A low platelet count may be the first evidence that a person has developed cirrhosis.
JaundiceJaundice occurs when the diseased liver does not remove enough bilirubin from the blood, causing yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes and darkening of the urine. Bilirubin is the pigment that gives bile its reddish-yellow color.
GallstonesIf cirrhosis prevents bile from flowing freely to and from the gallbladder, the bile hardens as gallstones.
Sensitivity to medicationsCirrhosis slows the liver's ability to filter medications from the blood. When this occurs, medications act longer than expected and build up in the body. This causes a person to be more sensitive to medications and their side effects.
Hepatic encephalopathyA failing liver cannot remove toxins from the blood, and they eventually accumulate in the brain. The buildup of toxins in the brain-called hepatic encephalopathy-can decrease mental function and cause coma. Signs of decreased mental function include confusion, personality changes, memory loss, trouble concentrating, and a change in sleep habits.
Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetesCirrhosis causes resistance to insulin-a hormone produced by the pancreas that enables the body to use glucose as energy. With insulin resistance, the body's muscle, fat, and liver cells do not use insulin properly. The pancreas tries to keep up with the demand for insulin by producing more, but excess glucose builds up in the bloodstream causing type 2 diabetes.
Liver cancerHepatocellular carcinoma is a type of liver cancer that can occur in people with cirrhosis. Hepatocellular carcinoma has a high mortality rate, but several treatment options are available.
Other problemsCirrhosis can cause immune system dysfunction, leading to the risk of infection. Cirrhosis can also cause kidney and lung failure, known as hepatorenal and hepatopulmonary syndromes.

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Bleeding VaricesInternal bleeding from large blood vessels in the esophagus
AscitesA buildup of fluid in the belly. (pronounced "a-sigh-tees")
EncephalopathyConfusion from the buildup of toxins in the blood. (pronounced "en-sef-a-lop-a-thee")
JaundiceYellowing of the eyes and skin
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Common Causes of Cirrhosis

Alcohol-related liver disease.Most people who consume alcohol do not suffer damage to the liver. But heavy alcohol use over several years can cause chronic injury to the liver. The amount of alcohol it takes to damage the liver varies greatly from person to person. For women, consuming two to three drinks-including beer and wine-per day and for men, three to four drinks per day, can lead to liver damage and cirrhosis. In the past, alcohol-related cirrhosis led to more deaths than cirrhosis due to any other cause. Deaths caused by obesity-related cirrhosis are increasing.
Chronic hepatitis CThe hepatitis C virus is a liver infection that is spread by contact with an infected person's blood. Chronic hepatitis C causes inflammation and damage to the liver over time that can lead to cirrhosis.
Chronic hepatitis B and DThe hepatitis B virus is a liver infection that is spread by contact with an infected person's blood, semen, or other body fluid. Hepatitis B, like hepatitis C, causes liver inflammation and injury that can lead to cirrhosis. The hepatitis B vaccine is given to all infants and many adults to prevent the virus. Hepatitis D is another virus that infects the liver and can lead to cirrhosis, but it occurs only in people who already have hepatitis B.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)In NAFLD, fat builds up in the liver and eventually causes cirrhosis. This increasingly common liver disease is associated with obesity, diabetes, protein malnutrition, coronary artery disease, and corticosteroid medications.
Autoimmune hepatitisThis form of hepatitis is caused by the body's immune system attacking liver cells and causing inflammation, damage, and eventually cirrhosis. Researchers believe genetic factors may make some people more prone to autoimmune diseases. About 70 percent of those with autoimmune hepatitis are female.
Diseases that damage or destroy bile ductsSeveral diseases can damage or destroy the ducts that carry bile from the liver, causing bile to back up in the liver and leading to cirrhosis. In adults, the most common condition in this category is primary biliary cirrhosis, a disease in which the bile ducts become inflamed and damaged and, ultimately, disappear. Secondary biliary cirrhosis can happen if the ducts are mistakenly tied off or injured during gallbladder surgery. Primary sclerosing cholangitis is another condition that causes damage and scarring of bile ducts. In infants, damaged bile ducts are commonly caused by Alagille syndrome or biliary atresia, conditions in which the ducts are absent or injured.
Inherited diseasesCystic fibrosis, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hemochromatosis, Wilson disease, galactosemia, and glycogen storage diseases are inherited diseases that interfere with how the liver produces, processes, and stores enzymes, proteins, metals, and other substances the body needs to function properly. Cirrhosis can result from these conditions.
Drugs, toxins, and infectionsOther causes of cirrhosis include drug reactions, prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals, parasitic infections, and repeated bouts of heart failure with liver congestion.

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Edema and ascitesWhen liver damage progresses to an advanced stage, fluid collects in the legs, called edema, and in the abdomen, called ascites. Ascites can lead to bacterial peritonitis, a serious infection.
Bruising and bleedingWhen the liver slows or stops producing the proteins needed for blood clotting, a person will bruise or bleed easily.
Portal hypertensionNormally, blood from the intestines and spleen is carried to the liver through the portal vein. But cirrhosis slows the normal flow of blood, which increases the pressure in the portal vein. This condition is called portal hypertension.
Esophageal varices and gastropathyWhen portal hypertension occurs, it may cause enlarged blood vessels in the esophagus, called varices, or in the stomach, called gastropathy, or both. Enlarged blood vessels are more likely to burst due to thin walls and increased pressure. If they burst, serious bleeding can occur in the esophagus or upper stomach, requiring immediate medical attention.
SplenomegalyWhen portal hypertension occurs, the spleen frequently enlarges and holds white blood cells and platelets, reducing the numbers of these cells in the blood. A low platelet count may be the first evidence that a person has developed cirrhosis.
JaundiceJaundice occurs when the diseased liver does not remove enough bilirubin from the blood, causing yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes and darkening of the urine. Bilirubin is the pigment that gives bile its reddish-yellow color.
GallstonesIf cirrhosis prevents bile from flowing freely to and from the gallbladder, the bile hardens as gallstones.
Sensitivity to medicationsCirrhosis slows the liver's ability to filter medications from the blood. When this occurs, medications act longer than expected and build up in the body. This causes a person to be more sensitive to medications and their side effects.
Hepatic encephalopathyA failing liver cannot remove toxins from the blood, and they eventually accumulate in the brain. The buildup of toxins in the brain-called hepatic encephalopathy-can decrease mental function and cause coma. Signs of decreased mental function include confusion, personality changes, memory loss, trouble concentrating, and a change in sleep habits.
Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetesCirrhosis causes resistance to insulin-a hormone produced by the pancreas that enables the body to use glucose as energy. With insulin resistance, the body's muscle, fat, and liver cells do not use insulin properly. The pancreas tries to keep up with the demand for insulin by producing more, but excess glucose builds up in the bloodstream causing type 2 diabetes.
Liver cancerHepatocellular carcinoma is a type of liver cancer that can occur in people with cirrhosis. Hepatocellular carcinoma has a high mortality rate, but several treatment options are available.
Other problemsCirrhosis can cause immune system dysfunction, leading to the risk of infection. Cirrhosis can also cause kidney and lung failure, known as hepatorenal and hepatopulmonary syndromes.

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Bleeding VaricesInternal bleeding from large blood vessels in the esophagus
AscitesA buildup of fluid in the belly. (pronounced "a-sigh-tees")
EncephalopathyConfusion from the buildup of toxins in the blood. (pronounced "en-sef-a-lop-a-thee")
JaundiceYellowing of the eyes and skin
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From acureda to stage 4

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AJCC StageStage groupingStage description
IAT1a N0 M0A single tumor 2 cm (4/5 inch) or smaller that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1a). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IBT1b N0 M0A single tumor larger than 2cm (4/5 inch) that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1b). The cancer has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIT2 N0 M0Either a single tumor larger than 2 cm (4/5 inch) that has grown into blood vessels, OR more than one tumor but none larger than 5 cm (about 2 inches) across (T2). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIAT3 N0 M0More than one tumor, with at least one tumor larger than 5 cm across (T3). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIBT4 N0 M0At least one tumor (any size) that has grown into a major branch of a large vein of the liver (the portal or hepatic vein) (T4). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IVAAny T N1 M0A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (Any T) that has spread to nearby lymph nodes (N1) but not to distant sites (M0).
IVBAny T Any N M1A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (any T). It might or might not have spread to nearby lymph nodes (any N). It has spread to distant organs such as the bones or lungs (M1).

Abnormal cells usually die off and are replaced by healthy cells. Sometimes, instead of dying off, these cells reproduce. As cell numbers grow, tumors begin to form. Overgrowth of abnormal cells can invade nearby tissue. By traveling through lymph or blood vessels, cancerous cells can move all around the body. If they invade other tissues or organs, new tumors can form. If cancer invades nearby tissue or organs, it is considered regional spread. This can happen during Stage 3C or Stage 4A liver Cancer. In Stage 3C, liver tumor is growing into another organ. Tumors could also be pushed into the outer layer of the liver. In Stage 4A, there are one or more tumors of any size in the liver. Some have reached blood vessels or nearby organs. Cancer is also found in nearby lymph nodes. Cancer that has metastasized to distant organ,s such as to colon or lungs, is considered Stage 4B. In addition to telling how far cancer has spread, staging helps determine which treatments may be most helpful.

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New targeted therapies

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AJCC StageStage groupingStage description
IAT1a N0 M0A single tumor 2 cm (4/5 inch) or smaller that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1a). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IBT1b N0 M0A single tumor larger than 2cm (4/5 inch) that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1b). The cancer has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIT2 N0 M0Either a single tumor larger than 2 cm (4/5 inch) that has grown into blood vessels, OR more than one tumor but none larger than 5 cm (about 2 inches) across (T2). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIAT3 N0 M0More than one tumor, with at least one tumor larger than 5 cm across (T3). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIBT4 N0 M0At least one tumor (any size) that has grown into a major branch of a large vein of the liver (the portal or hepatic vein) (T4). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IVAAny T N1 M0A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (Any T) that has spread to nearby lymph nodes (N1) but not to distant sites (M0).
IVBAny T Any N M1A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (any T). It might or might not have spread to nearby lymph nodes (any N). It has spread to distant organs such as the bones or lungs (M1).

Advanced Liver Cancer has spread either to lymph nodes or to other organs. Because these cancers are widespread, they cannot be treated with surgery. For people whose liver is functioning well enough, initial treatment options might include: immunotherapy drug atezolizumab plus Targeted Drug bevacizumab either of targeted drugs Sorafenib or lenvatinib if these drugs are no longer working, Other target drugs, such as regorafenib, cabozantinib, or ramucirumab are possible options. Immunotherapy drugs pembrolizumab, nivolumab, or nivolumab with ipilimumab might also be helpful. As with unresectable Liver Cancer that has not spread, clinical trials of newer target therapies, immunotherapy, new approaches to chemotherapy, new forms of radiation therapy, and other new treatments may be helpful. These Clinical trials are also important for improving outcomes for future patients. Treatments such as radiation might also be used to help relieve pain and other symptoms. Please be sure to discuss any symptoms you have with your cancer team, so they can treat them effectively.

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Diagnosis

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AJCC StageStage groupingStage description
IAT1a N0 M0A single tumor 2 cm (4/5 inch) or smaller that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1a). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IBT1b N0 M0A single tumor larger than 2cm (4/5 inch) that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1b). The cancer has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIT2 N0 M0Either a single tumor larger than 2 cm (4/5 inch) that has grown into blood vessels, OR more than one tumor but none larger than 5 cm (about 2 inches) across (T2). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIAT3 N0 M0More than one tumor, with at least one tumor larger than 5 cm across (T3). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIBT4 N0 M0At least one tumor (any size) that has grown into a major branch of a large vein of the liver (the portal or hepatic vein) (T4). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IVAAny T N1 M0A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (Any T) that has spread to nearby lymph nodes (N1) but not to distant sites (M0).
IVBAny T Any N M1A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (any T). It might or might not have spread to nearby lymph nodes (any N). It has spread to distant organs such as the bones or lungs (M1).

It is important to note that abnormal findings are quite common when scans are done on the liver, and sometimes it can be hard to determine if spots or spots in the liver are due to the spread of cancer or another cause. If your doctor is uncertain whether or not an abnormality in your liver is related to your cancer, and treatment approach would vary depending upon results, she may recommend a liver biopsy in order to look at tissue to be certain of your diagnosis. It can be frustrating if your doctor is uncertain about findings in your liver, and this can make you feel anxious and unsure of your care. It may be helpful to know that this is common and that there is a lot of overlap between normal abnormalities in liver and liver metastases.

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Support

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AJCC StageStage groupingStage description
IAT1a N0 M0A single tumor 2 cm (4/5 inch) or smaller that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1a). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IBT1b N0 M0A single tumor larger than 2cm (4/5 inch) that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1b). The cancer has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIT2 N0 M0Either a single tumor larger than 2 cm (4/5 inch) that has grown into blood vessels, OR more than one tumor but none larger than 5 cm (about 2 inches) across (T2). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIAT3 N0 M0More than one tumor, with at least one tumor larger than 5 cm across (T3). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIBT4 N0 M0At least one tumor (any size) that has grown into a major branch of a large vein of the liver (the portal or hepatic vein) (T4). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IVAAny T N1 M0A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (Any T) that has spread to nearby lymph nodes (N1) but not to distant sites (M0).
IVBAny T Any N M1A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (any T). It might or might not have spread to nearby lymph nodes (any N). It has spread to distant organs such as the bones or lungs (M1).

Liver metastases with lung cancer are very concerning finding,ss but treatment paradigm is beginning to change. Newer systemic treatments such as targeted therapies and immunotherapies can sometimes control cancers to a greater degree achievable before with chemotherapy alone. Local therapies have also become more common for metastases in the liver and other sites, with a small number of people gaining long term control of their cancer. Since the landscape of lung cancer treatment is changing so rapidly, it is difficult for even lung cancer specialists to stay abreast of all advances. Considering a second opinion with a lung cancer specialist at one of the larger National Cancer Institute designated Cancer centers may give you more options, and some centers are now doing remote second opinions to determine if they have therapies to offer beyond those offered where you are treat.

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Outlook

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AJCC StageStage groupingStage description
IAT1a N0 M0A single tumor 2 cm (4/5 inch) or smaller that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1a). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IBT1b N0 M0A single tumor larger than 2cm (4/5 inch) that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1b). The cancer has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIT2 N0 M0Either a single tumor larger than 2 cm (4/5 inch) that has grown into blood vessels, OR more than one tumor but none larger than 5 cm (about 2 inches) across (T2). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIAT3 N0 M0More than one tumor, with at least one tumor larger than 5 cm across (T3). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIBT4 N0 M0At least one tumor (any size) that has grown into a major branch of a large vein of the liver (the portal or hepatic vein) (T4). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IVAAny T N1 M0A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (Any T) that has spread to nearby lymph nodes (N1) but not to distant sites (M0).
IVBAny T Any N M1A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (any T). It might or might not have spread to nearby lymph nodes (any N). It has spread to distant organs such as the bones or lungs (M1).

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Stage 4A

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AJCC StageStage groupingStage description
IAT1a N0 M0A single tumor 2 cm (4/5 inch) or smaller that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1a). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IBT1b N0 M0A single tumor larger than 2cm (4/5 inch) that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1b). The cancer has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIT2 N0 M0Either a single tumor larger than 2 cm (4/5 inch) that has grown into blood vessels, OR more than one tumor but none larger than 5 cm (about 2 inches) across (T2). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIAT3 N0 M0More than one tumor, with at least one tumor larger than 5 cm across (T3). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIBT4 N0 M0At least one tumor (any size) that has grown into a major branch of a large vein of the liver (the portal or hepatic vein) (T4). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IVAAny T N1 M0A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (Any T) that has spread to nearby lymph nodes (N1) but not to distant sites (M0).
IVBAny T Any N M1A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (any T). It might or might not have spread to nearby lymph nodes (any N). It has spread to distant organs such as the bones or lungs (M1).

Extensive tumor - removing surgeries, such as pleurectomy / decortication or extrapleural pneumonectomy are not offered to patients with stage 4 disease. Due to extensive spread of tumors at stage 4 disease, doctors cannot remove all growths with EPP or P / D. Still, some peritoneal mesothelioma patients can benefit from less extensive surgical procedures. Surgeons will attempt to remove as much tumor mass as possible in a procedure called debulking. They can target tumors causing symptoms, so patients breathe more comfortably and experience less pain. Thoracentesis: Drains fluid from chest Paracentesis: Drains fluid from the abdomen Pericardiocentesis: Drains fluid from around the heart Pleurodesis: Potential long - term solution to fluid buildup in the chest

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Research and clinical trials

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AJCC StageStage groupingStage description
IAT1a N0 M0A single tumor 2 cm (4/5 inch) or smaller that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1a). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IBT1b N0 M0A single tumor larger than 2cm (4/5 inch) that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1b). The cancer has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIT2 N0 M0Either a single tumor larger than 2 cm (4/5 inch) that has grown into blood vessels, OR more than one tumor but none larger than 5 cm (about 2 inches) across (T2). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIAT3 N0 M0More than one tumor, with at least one tumor larger than 5 cm across (T3). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIBT4 N0 M0At least one tumor (any size) that has grown into a major branch of a large vein of the liver (the portal or hepatic vein) (T4). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IVAAny T N1 M0A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (Any T) that has spread to nearby lymph nodes (N1) but not to distant sites (M0).
IVBAny T Any N M1A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (any T). It might or might not have spread to nearby lymph nodes (any N). It has spread to distant organs such as the bones or lungs (M1).

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Performance Status

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AJCC StageStage groupingStage description
IAT1a N0 M0A single tumor 2 cm (4/5 inch) or smaller that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1a). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IBT1b N0 M0A single tumor larger than 2cm (4/5 inch) that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1b). The cancer has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIT2 N0 M0Either a single tumor larger than 2 cm (4/5 inch) that has grown into blood vessels, OR more than one tumor but none larger than 5 cm (about 2 inches) across (T2). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIAT3 N0 M0More than one tumor, with at least one tumor larger than 5 cm across (T3). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIBT4 N0 M0At least one tumor (any size) that has grown into a major branch of a large vein of the liver (the portal or hepatic vein) (T4). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IVAAny T N1 M0A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (Any T) that has spread to nearby lymph nodes (N1) but not to distant sites (M0).
IVBAny T Any N M1A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (any T). It might or might not have spread to nearby lymph nodes (any N). It has spread to distant organs such as the bones or lungs (M1).

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AJCC StageStage groupingStage description
IAT1a N0 M0A single tumor 2 cm (4/5 inch) or smaller that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1a). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IBT1b N0 M0A single tumor larger than 2cm (4/5 inch) that hasn't grown into blood vessels (T1b). The cancer has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIT2 N0 M0Either a single tumor larger than 2 cm (4/5 inch) that has grown into blood vessels, OR more than one tumor but none larger than 5 cm (about 2 inches) across (T2). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIAT3 N0 M0More than one tumor, with at least one tumor larger than 5 cm across (T3). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IIIBT4 N0 M0At least one tumor (any size) that has grown into a major branch of a large vein of the liver (the portal or hepatic vein) (T4). It has not spread to nearby lymph nodes (N0) or to distant sites (M0).
IVAAny T N1 M0A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (Any T) that has spread to nearby lymph nodes (N1) but not to distant sites (M0).
IVBAny T Any N M1A single tumor or multiple tumors of any size (any T). It might or might not have spread to nearby lymph nodes (any N). It has spread to distant organs such as the bones or lungs (M1).

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