Secondary liver cancer - Definition

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Secondary liver cancer is due to the migration of metastases from primary cancer to the liver. It is the most common malignant liver cancer. Generally, the metastases come from cancer of the digestive tract, but sometimes they can come from the kidney, lung, breast... The first signs are liver pain, jaundice, and a general deterioration of health. The discovery of secondary liver cancer can be made incidentally during an ultrasound done for another reason, or in response to irregularities in liver blood tests. The identification of the primary tumor is necessary for the secondary cancer to be treated simultaneously with the liver metastasis.