Liver Cancer Treatment

Words to Know

Primary therapies are the main course of conventional medical treatment you receive, such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

Adjuvant therapies are secondary treatments typically used after primary therapy to prevent cancer from coming back.

Neo-adjuvant therapy, which precedes the primary therapy, is usually given to make primary therapy more effective or less complicated.

Liver cancer may be treated by surgery when it is found at an early stage, if the disease has not spread beyond the liver, and if you are healthy enough to have an operation. When surgery is not an option, which is often the case, non-surgical treatments may be able to control the disease and help you live longer and feel better.

In cases when curing or controlling the disease may not be possible, some people with liver cancer and their doctors choose palliative therapy. Its goal is to improve the quality of life by controlling pain and other problems caused by the disease.

Your doctor should describe the different treatments available for the kind of liver cancer you have and the results that can be expected with each one.

Learn about the standard treatments used for liver cancer:

Typically, treatments are used in conjunction with one another to improve results. For example, chemotherapy may be used along with radiation therapy or surgery.

The specific treatment plan your doctor recommends may include treatments not discussed in this review of standard liver cancer treatments. Be sure to ask your doctor any questions you may have about the treatment plan he or she suggests to you.

The following factors influence the type of treatment that may work best for you:

  • The liver’s condition
  • The number, size, and location of tumors
  • Whether the cancer has spread outside the liver
  • Your age
  • Your general health
  • Any concerns you may have about the treatments and their possible side effects
  • Your attitudes about treatment

Back to top

Latest Cancer News

We care about your feedback. Let us know how we can improve your CancerCompass experience.