Watch this video where Dr. Sharma, Consultant Clinical Oncologist (University College London, United Kingdom) discusses the different treatment options for liver cancer.
Your doctor will consider many factors in determining the right option to treat your liver cancer. Here are some of those factors:
Ablation is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure in which the doctor uses targeted heat (or extreme cold) to destroy a tumor.
In a procedure called a partial hepatectomy, the surgeon removes the part of the liver containing the tumor. Surgery is generally considered only for healthy patients with a single tumor.
The doctor may consider a liver transplant for you if the cancer cannot be removed with surgery. However, transplant opportunities are limited due to a long nationwide wait list.
This treatment uses radiation targeted to the liver to destroy or shrink tumors.
Chemotherapy involves delivering drugs throughout the body to destroy as much of the cancer as possible.
This minimally-invasive technique destroys the tumor by placing substances inside the tumor to cut off the blood supply to the cancer cells. The substances may also include chemotherapy drugs or radiation therapy agents.
The doctor may choose to monitor the tumor carefully over time to see if it is growing or causing liver damage.
There may be opportunities for you to participate in studies investigating new kinds of treatment. The doctor may recommend this option if other treatment methods are not appropriate.
Ablation allows the doctor to destroy the tumor(s) in a minimally-invasive way – using few or very small incisions.
Ultrasound, CT or MRI images allow the doctor to see the liver in real time while performing the ablation procedure.