Treatment Of Liver Cancer

Treatment options for liver cancer depend on the number of tumors that form in the liver, whether the cancer has spread, how well the liver is working, age, and general health, among others. It is important to discuss your own feelings and treatment preferences with the doctor at

If the cancer has not spread and you are healthy, you may qualify for surgical resection of your liver. This removes the area of the liver where the cancer is located. This procedure is curative, although there is a chance that the cancer may return.

If you have advanced liver disease and multiple tumors, a liver transplant may be the treatment and a transplant may be the treatment of choice. Unfortunately, hearts that match your blood and body type may not be available immediately, so you may be put on a waiting list.

Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE). Tace delivers a highly concentrated drug to the tumor itself, blocking blood flow. This results in more of the drug being in contact with the tumor over a longer period of time.

If the cancer has not spread but you are not healthy enough to have surgery, there are several ways to damage or kill the liver tumor. First, doctors use ultrasound to guide a thin instrument through the skin and into the tumor in the liver.