Medline: 9240140

British Journal of Surgery 84(7): 977-980, 1997.

Long-term survival following resection of colorectal hepatic metastases.

Jaeck D, Bachellier P, Guiguet M, et al.


AIM: The aim of this study was to analyse characteristics of patients who survived more than 5 years after liver resection of colorectal metastases.

A multicentre retrospective study collected 1818 patients who underwent curative resection of hepatic metastases between 1959 and 1991. Among the 747 patients operated on before 1987, 102 survived longer than 5 years, and were compared with patients who survived less than 5 years.

Three risk factors proved independently significant in multivariate analysis between the two groups: serosa infiltration (P = 0.003), involvement of peritumoral lymph nodes around the primary colorectal tumour (P = 0.04), and a liver resection margin of less than 1 cm (P = 0.02). There was no significant difference for other parameters studied (location of primary tumour, location, number and size of metastases, type of resection). A trend towards a shorter survival of patients with increased carcinoembryonic antigen serum level was observed.

Resection of colorectal hepatic metastases can provide long-term survival even in patients with poor prognostic factors. It seems justified to undertake resection of colorectal liver metastases whenever it may be performed safely as a curative treatment.

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