Treatment of Breast Cancer Metastasized to the Liver
It is estimated that 50% of breast cancer cases will metastasize to the liver. This can be discouraging for patients who have already been fighting their original cancer, but there are options for treatment. Dr. Dmitri Alden is one of the top liver oncologist surgeons in the country and he works with a group of medical colleagues who are also considered some of the best in their fields. Dr. Alden offers treatment of breast cancer metastasized to the liver at his practice in New York City.
Symptoms of Liver Metastasis
Regardless of where the cancer starts, when it reaches the liver through metastasis, there are often few symptoms in the early stages. Patients who have had breast cancer should have their liver function monitored to catch the early signs of metastasis. Lab testing may be the first indication of a problem – a routine hepatic panel can monitor proteins and enzymes in the blood that can be a red flag if the liver is not functioning correctly. If there are symptoms, these may include:
- Swelling or bloating in the abdomen
- Abdominal pain near the bottom of the ribs
- Jaundice – yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Poor appetite or unexpected weight loss
- Weakness or fatigue
If lab testing or symptoms indicate the possibility of liver cancer, imaging can check for masses to diagnose the liver metastasis.
Liver Metastasis Treatment
Dr. Dmitri Alden customizes each liver cancer treatment plan to the patient. Most patients can benefit from a multiple treatment approach. When possible, liver resection surgery to remove the tumor or cancer cells may be performed. Dr. Alden offers advanced methods of surgical liver cancer removal, including robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery. Patients may also receive chemotherapy or other treatments for fast-growing or spreading cancer.
If you are concerned that your breast cancer has metastasized to the liver, you need a liver cancer specialist on your side. Dr. Dmitri Alden is world-renowned for his extensive experience in treatment of all types of liver cancer and advanced surgical options. Contact our office in UES NYC to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alden.