American Journal of Immunology

Patterns of Resection among Patients with Hepatic-Only Metastatic Colorectal Cancer a Single Institution Experience and Review

K. I. Quintyne, N. O’Leary, O. O’Kelly, D. Waldron, R. Keane, J. Geoghegan, B. Kenny and R. K. Gupta

DOI : 10.3844/ajisp.2012.18.26

American Journal of Immunology

Volume 8, Issue 1

Pages 18-26


Problem statement: Hepatic-only metastasis in colorectal cancer is not a rare clinical finding and can account for 30% of cases. However, only 10-25% of cases are suitable for hepatic resection as part of their treatment pathway. We sought to document our own findings by reviewing patients with hepatic-only disease. Approach: A retrospective analysis was designed to include all patients seen at our institution from 1st January 2000 until 30th June 2010 and information as derived from the patients’ records. Results: Forty-four (44) patients were found, with an average age of 60.8 years and a male preponderance. The majority of patients (approximately 57%) with hepatic-only metastases developed their disease following adjuvant therapy. Better overall survival was seen when a primary tumor had a low grade of histological differentiation and fewer than 3 hepatic lesions appreciated on conventional radiology. Better outcome was seen in patients who underwent hepatic resection. Conclusion: Patients with hepatic-only metastases are not uncommon within our institution. Hepatic resection afforded better outcome and compares favorably with published literature.


© 2012 K. I. Quintyne, N. O’Leary, O. O’Kelly, D. Waldron, R. Keane, J. Geoghegan, B. Kenny and R. K. Gupta. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.