Or, instead, you may have had breast cancer in the past and be wondering if the symptoms you are having could be a sign of a metastasis. What should you know about the symptoms, the treatment options available, and the prognosis when breast cancer spreads to the liver? Breast cancer which spreads to the liver is still breast cancer, and this can be a source of much confusion. If you were to take a sample of the cancer cells in the liver and look at them under the microscope, you would see cancerous breast cells. Breast cancer metastatic to the liver is not considered liver cancer.
It may first be picked up by liver function tests, which are blood tests that measure certain levels of enzymes and proteins in the blood. Abnormal levels can indicate liver disease or damage. In addition to liver function tests, doctors use imaging tests to diagnose liver metastases. You can read more about how these tests work in our Screening and Testing section. Your doctor also may recommend getting a sample of the suspicious area s for examination under a microscope biopsy.
This section discusses symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment for secondary cancer in the liver. See information about managing symptoms. Secondary cancer in the liver is a cancer that started in another part of the body, but has now spread metastasised to the liver. This means it is advanced cancer.