Treatments for liver cancer
If you have liver cancer, your healthcare team will create a treatment plan just for you. It will be based on your health and specific information about the cancer. When deciding which treatments to offer for liver cancer, your healthcare team will consider:
- the stage
- how well your liver is working (liver function)
- the amount of scarring in the liver (called cirrhosis)
- whether the cancer can be completely removed by surgery
- your overall health
Liver cancer is often at an advanced stage when it is diagnosed, so treatment options may be limited.
Bruix J, Sherman M. AASLD Practice Guideline: Management of hepatocellular carcinoma: an update. 2010: http://www.aasld.org/practiceguidelines/Documents/Bookmarked%20Practice%20Guidelines/HCCUpdate2010.pdf.
Fong Y, Dupuy DE, Feng M, Abou-Alfa G . Cancer of the liver. DeVita VT Jr, Lawrence TS, & Rosenberg SA. Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. 10th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2015: 52:696-714.
National Cancer Institute. Adult Primary Liver Cancer Treatment (PDQ®) Health Professional Version. 2015: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/adult-primary-liver/HealthProfessional/page1/AllPages.
Sherman M, Burak K, Maroun J, Metrakos P, Knox JJ, Myers RP, Guindi M, et al . Multidisciplinary Canadian consensus recommendations for the management and treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma. Current Oncology. 2011: http://www.current-oncology.com/index.php/oncology/article/view/952/737.