Tumors of the Liver available in Paperback
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- Springer Berlin Heidelberg
The surgical resection of a major portion of the liver for cancer of this viscus has long been neglected. Although the first successful resection of a primary malignant tumor of the liver was performed by LUCKE in 1891, this pioneer effort failed to stimulate interest in the operative removal of hepatic neoplasms. Earlier surgeons were intimidated by the concept of the liver as a huge vascular sponge possessed of three intricate circulatory systems. To the fear of uncontrollable hemorrhage was added the supposed hazard of hepatic insufficiency following the removal of a large portion of an organ with so many vital functions. Last but not least was the difficulty in surgical exposure. Only in recent years has the sporadic interest of surgeons been changed to a growing concern about the possibilities of extirpation of hepatic tumors by the per formance of major hepatic lobectomies. Four factors have contributed to this: 1) the dissemination of more accurate information about the surgical anatomy of the intrin sic and extrinsic hepatic circulatory systems, which has acquainted surgeons with the principles and techniques of hemostasis essential for successful operative intervention on the liver; 2) increased knowledge of the functions and regenerative capacity of the liver; 3) greater diagnostic skill aided by modern laboratory procedures; 4) improved surgical exposure of the liver by the use of laparothoracotomy incisions. Primary liver cancer varies widely in incidence in different parts of the world.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction.- 2 The Classification of Liver Tumors.- 3 The Pathologic Anatomy of Primary Hepatic Tumors.- 4 The Epidemiology of Primary Carcinoma of the Liver.- 5 Hepatic Carcinogenesis.- 6 Metastatic Cancer to and from the Liver.- 7 The Diagnosis of Tumors of the Liver.- 8 Hepatic Photoscanning as an Aid in Determining Treatment Policies for Cancer Involving the Liver.- 9 Surgical Anatomy of the Liver.- 10 Surgical Anatomy of the Extrahepatic Biliary System.- 11 Anesthesia for Hepatic Lobectomy.- 12 Surgical Treatment of Liver Tumors.- 13 Liver Regeneration.- 14 Transplantation of the Liver.- 15 The Pathology of Tumors of the Liver in Infancy and Childhood.- 16 Metabolism Before and After Hepatic Lobectomy.- 17 Radiation Therapy of Tumors of the Liver.- 18 Treatment of Inoperable Cancer of the Liver by Intra-Arterial Radioactive Isotopes and Chemotherapy.- 19 End Results in the Surgical Treatment of Liver Tumors.