Liver metastases refer to cancer that has spread to the liver from somewhere else in the body. Liver metastases are not the same as cancer that starts in the liver, which is called hepatocellular carcinoma.
Almost any cancer can spread to the liver.
Cancers that can spread to the liver include:
• Breast cancer
• Colorectal cancer
• Esophageal cancer
• Lung cancer
• Pancreatic cancer
• Stomach cancer
The risk for cancer spreading to the liver depends on the location (site) of the original cancer. A liver metastasis may be present when the original (primary) cancer is diagnosed or it may occur months or years after the primary tumor is removed.