Talking to Your Doctor about Liver Mets

What should you and your doctor talk about if your colon or rectal cancer has spread to your liver? Deciding on the best way to manage liver metastases from colorectal cancer isn’t easy. It’s best done with the involvement of  multidisciplinary team of doctors and thoughtful discussion with the patient. In developing the ASCO 2009 Clinical…  Read More

Patient Outcomes Vary Depending on Liver Resectability

Patients with stage IV colorectal cancer live longer when tumors in their liver can be removed surgically, but not all patients have cancer that can be operated on. Separating patients with liver tumors from colorectal cancer into three groups according to possible liver resectability, British doctors found a wide variation in both overall survival and progression-free…  Read More

Erbitux Plus Chemo Can Make Liver Mets Surgery Possible

Chemotherapy and Erbitux® (cetuximab) reduced liver tumors from colorectal cancer enough for patients to have them removed surgically. Although their cancer was initially too extensive to be surgically removed (resected) chemotherapy combined with Erbitux allowed about a third of patients to have surgery that completely removed all visible signs of liver tumors.  Tumor shrinkage occured in…  Read More

Liver Symposium Coming to Denver

The Liver Symposium: Embracing Excellence in the Treatment of Hepatic Tumors will be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center on Saturday, August 22, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Directed at both health professionals and patients, the Liver Symposium is unique in combining information about liver tumors from medical experts and cancer survivors.

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: July 10

Research this week finds FDG/PET able to predict response to chemotherapy even after one treatment, and chemotherapy before surgery for liver mets makes CT scan evaluation less accurate. Finding the best imaging methods to diagnosis and monitor cancer and comparing new colorectal cancer screening technologies to current standards are among recommended priorities for comparative effectiveness research…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: July 7

News in Brief catches up today after celebrating the Fourth of July with swimming, sailing, and time with family.  We hope you had as good a time relaxing as we did. Research shows that children whose parents have cancer have more social and psychological problems, mice who are fed a high-fat Western-style diet don’t benefit from…  Read More