The principal treatment for liver cancer is surgery, and surgeons who perform this delicate surgery need exceptional levels of experience and expertise to achieve the best outcomes. During a partial hepatectomy, surgeons remove the cancerous portion of the liver while sparing enough of the liver to function. During a liver transplant, the liver is removed and replaced with a healthy donor liver.
Other treatments may include (alone or in combination):
- Proton therapy precisely targets the tumor, sparing healthy tissue and eliminating many of the side effects of conventional radiation treatment.
- TheraSphere, or radioembolization, uses tiny glass beads to deliver radiation directly to cancerous tumors in the liver.
Tumor ablation therapy
- Embolization injects pellets to block the blood flow to the tumor.
- Cryoablation freezes cancer cells.
- Radiofrequency ablation destroys cancer cells with high heat.
- Chemoembolization delivers a high-dose of medicine.
Chemotherapy, to destroy cancer cells and control their growth.
Targeted therapy, which uses drugs or other substances to identify and attack specific types of cancer cells, blocking their growth and spread.
Clinical trials that offer the opportunity to try new therapies.
Our interdisciplinary team of physicians and allied health professionals in our Cancer Patient Support Center also will provide comprehensive, patient-centered care that focuses on your psychological, social and spiritual health.