Modern multimodality approach to hepatic colorectal metastases: Solutions and controversies

Vijay P. Khatri, Karen G. Chee, Nicholas J. Petrelli

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Hepatic resection for colorectal metastases, limited to the liver, has become the standard of care, and currently remains the only potentially curative therapy. Numerous single institutional reports have demonstrated long-term survival and there are no other treatment options that have shown a survival plateau. However, curative resection is possible in less than 25% of those patients with disease limited to the liver, which translates into only 5-10% of the original group developing colorectal cancer. To increase the number of patients who could benefit from hepatic resection, the last decade has seen considerable effort being directed towards novel approaches to permit curative hepatic resection such as: neoadjuvant systemic and regional chemotherapy, pre-operative portal vein embolization for hypertrophy of future liver remnant, staged hepatic resection and radio frequency ablation combined with resection for addressing multiple bilobar metastases. This article reviews development of these innovative multidisciplinary modalities and the aggressive surgical approach that has been adopted to extend the frontiers of surgical therapy for colorectal hepatic metastases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-83
Number of pages13
JournalSurgical Oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2007


  • Chemotherapy
  • Colorectal liver metastases
  • Portal vein embolization
  • Pulmonary metastases
  • Radiation
  • Radio frequency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Surgery


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