Current management of colorectal liver metastases

Colorectal cancer is common worldwide and is predicted to become more so in the coming years. The liver is the most common site of metastasis and management is increasingly complex. A multidisciplinary team approach to management is essential, and is associated with better outcomes. Patients with irresectable liver metastases can still benefit from the involvement of a liver specialist, as high secondary resection rates can be achieved with combination chemotherapy, incorporating novel biological therapies and liver-directed local and locoregional treatments. The application of an enhanced recovery model to perioperative care, alongside improvements in the assessment of patient fitness for surgery, should help to mitigate the challenges presented by an older population with increased comorbidity undergoing increasingly complex treatment.

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