Liver cancer starts in the liver, the largest organ in the body, and can spread to other organs. Because symptoms of liver cancer typically do not appear until the disease has already progressed to an advanced stage, some patients may also be faced with metastatic liver cancer. Metastatic liver cancer occurs when cancer cells from the primary tumor site in the liver spread to other parts of the body, most commonly the lungs.
Determining a treatment option in these cases can also be difficult depending on the health condition of the patient. At St. Louis CyberKnife, our physicians treat metastatic liver cancer with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) delivered by the CyberKnife® system. This approach allows patients with advanced stage cancer to receive a noninvasive treatment option that minimizes impact on quality of life and can be paired with other treatments the patient may be receiving for their primary tumor.
During treatment, patients lie on a treatment table while the CyberKnife moves around them, without touching them, delivering targeted radiation to pinpoint locations in the body without incision or sedation. Treatment procedures take about 30 to 90 minutes and patients are free to return to their normal schedule immediately afterward.
If you think CyberKnife may be a fit for your diagnosis, contact our center for more information.
This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.