Metastatic colorectal cancer: is it necessary to remove the primary tumor?
Posted in Lectures on 16 June 2015
Sebastiano Biondo (Chairman of the department of general and digestive surgery)
Bellvitge University Hospital, Barcelona – Spain
20% of patients with colorectal cancer present metastasis at the time of diagnosis. About ¼ can be resected with curative intention prolonging their survival.
But, what to do in cases of unresectable liver metastasis? Resection of the primary tumor is being performed despite a lack of scientific evidence, an approach that is not complication-free.
In this lecture Sebastiano Biondo will go through the “pros and cons” of surgical treatment depending on the clinical manifestation in order to select the best approach.