Metastatic Liver Cancer Treatment & Progression
Liver metastases occur when cancerous primary tumors spread to the liver from another part of the body. These tumors often appear shortly after the primary tumor develops, or months or years later.
The liver is the largest organ inside our body. It's located below the right lung and divided into two lobes (right and left). Most liver metastases start as cancer in the colon or rectum. Nearly 70% of patients with colorectal cancer develop liver metastases. This happens in part because blood from the intestines is connected directly to the liver through the portal vein. Although much less common, liver metastases can start from breast, esophageal, stomach, pancreatic, lung, kidney, or skin cancer.
Path of Progression
The progression of the metastatic liver is quite severe and abrupt, so treatment must commence as soon as possible after the first diagnosis:
- Jaundice: enlarged liver will block the flow of bile, causing seepage into the bloodstream, resulting in dark urine, pale stools, and itchy skin.
- Delirium affects sleep patterns, with difficulty concentrating, with possible amnesia leading to possible coma.
- Severe abdominal pain - tumor cells begin to expand throughout the surrounding area destroying healthy tissue which leads to massive organ damage. The patient will have a very swollen abdomen, with an incredibly hardened and enlarged liver resulting in severe pain. Morphine is usually prescribed.
Ascites- Fluid will begin to build inside the abdomen area. Ascites are excess fluid with floating cancer cells with the current standard of care requiring draining fluid through the abdomen wall. Systemic Organ malfunctions:
- Kidney begins to fail to cause weight gain, swelling, and less urine output.
- Lungs fail making it more complicated to breathe. Lungs begin to fill with fluid.
- Confusion from the toxicity affects the brain causing mood swings, decision-making, drowsiness, sluggish speech.
- Overall liver failure causing nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, and easy bleeding.
Metastatic Liver Treatment
ICCA treats metastatic liver cancer at first-class centers in Baja California, Mexico, Irvine, and Los Angeles, California respectively.
ICCA physicians employ CoNexus Cancer Care, a blend of conventional, complementary, alternative, and novel clinically proven global medicines (often unavailable in the U.S. or Canada) to treat advanced metastatic cancers; always avoiding damage to surrounding tissues or organs, even when the tumor(s) is classified "untreatable" by many respected cancer centers!
CoNexus Cancer Care uses customized, multifactorial cancer protocols often unavailable to U.S./Canadian patients, which synergistically combines:
- Very short-course radiation – to destroy cancer stem cells that survive conventional cancer treatment particularly chemotherapy eventually causing lethal recurrence and metastases.
- Live Tumor Cell Profiling – inspect live tumor cells in the lab to determine the most effective targeting agents to kill that patient’s particular cancer cells.
- Tumor-targeted immunotherapy -- enhances autologous immune response (select cytokines injected directly into the tumor).
- Autologous dendritic cell vaccine -- prevents cancer cells from spreading to surrounding tissues or organs; strengthens and stimulates the immune system to recognize and fight invading cancer cells.
- Systemic Detoxification – complements natural healing through the removal of harmful compounds that have built up from external pollutants.
- Toxic-free – target destruction of cancer cells while keeping vital normal tissues and organs healthy. Treatments that strengthen the body and complement inherent metabolic principles rather than compromise the already weakened immune system.
- Microwave and/or Cryoablation to remove tumor cells that have undergone a significant reduction in size, shape, and mass.
ICCA specializes in treating all stage cancers with a particular focus on colorectal, breast, prostate, head and neck, and metastatic liver cancers.
Why is this exceptional treatment not available in the US/Canada?
Because U.S. physicians must adhere to strict established treatment protocols with no deviation or modification of such, even when there is a need on behalf of the patient wellbeing. With these restrictions, physicians have to use a "one size fits all approach," regardless of stage or type of cancer; even though there are often better ways to treat late-stage cancers. Not being able to look “outside the box” treatments often result in lengthier rounds of chemotherapy, lengthier rounds of radiation, and sometimes, aggressive surgeries when a far less invasive procedure could have achieved similar, or even more favorable results.
CoNexus Cancer Care program includes:
- Transportation to and from San Diego, California.
- Outpatient lodging -- Grand Hotel (for patient and companion).
- Ongoing Diagnostics – confirm primary/secondary cancer(s) locations, staging, tumor masses, metastases, and more.
- Ongoing Evaluations – continually, analyze and evaluate treatment protocols for both short- and long-term outcomes.
- Sense of Urgency -- act promptly to make things happen efficiently and effectively. Time is the enemy when fighting aggressive cancer.
- Strategic Treatment Plan – formulate customized treatment and follow-up plans, using all available conventional and/or alternative medicines, where indicated.
- Neoadjuvancy – treatments administered before tumor removal to 1) significantly reduce and limit tumor mass, 2) prevent cancer from spreading to critical organs and tissues, 3) concomitant use of treatment modalities to maximize patient outcomes.
- Adjuvancy – procedures usually administered after tumor removal, confirmed reduction, shrinkage, or potential destruction of the entire tumor mass.
- Supportive/symptomatic treatment.
- Selected Immunotherapy programs - with a 3-month home program.
- Recommended follow-up monitoring program at 3, 6, and 9 months respectively.
We understand how complicated this time is for you and your family, but you are not alone. Don’t hesitate and feel free to contact us at any time, we are here for you.