Liver Cancer Treatment
The best treatment for liver cancer depends on several factors ranging from the type, size, location and stage of liver cancer. Our oncology team can guide you through your best avenue for liver cancer treatment.
What is Liver Cancer?
Liver cancer, or hepatic cancer, is cancer that starts in the liver. The liver is an organ that filters toxic chemicals from the bloodstream, stores sugar that the body uses for energy and creates bile, which aids in the digestion of fat.
The primary type of liver cancer is called “hepatocellular carcinoma” – this occurs when the main liver cells, called hepatocytes, begin reproducing uncontrollably, resulting in a tumor.
A liver cancer diagnosis
Your provider may test for liver cancer through a blood test or liver biopsy. Computer imaging tests may also be used including an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), ultrasound or a CT (computed tomographic) scan.
Liver cancer treatment
Treatment for liver cancer depends on how far the cancer has progressed. The best treatment route for you may include surgery to remove the cancer or replace your liver with a healthy one from a donor. Additional liver cancer treatment may include radiation therapy, chemotherapy or treatments that apply extreme heat or cold in order to destroy tumor cells.