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The best prognosis for a cure for liver cancer occurs when it is diagnosed and treated in its very earliest stage. Treatment plans for liver cancer are individualized for each person's specific case. Treatment plans are based on the specific type and stage of advancement of the liver cancer, the condition of the liver, a person's medical history, generally health, age, coexisting diseases, and other factors. Treatment for liver cancer is delivered by a team of specialists in liver cancer care. These specialists can include medical oncologists, hepatologists, gastroenterologists, surgeons, oncology nurses, registered dietician, and radiation oncologists.
Treatment for early stage liver cancer that has not spread outside the liver may include liver transplant in which the cancerous liver is removed and replaced by a healthly donor liver. A successful liver transplant can cure liver cancer. Another option for early stage liver cancer is the removal of the tumor and surrounding tissue. This is called a partial hepatectomy.
If liver cancer has grown to a more advanced stage or if these surgeries are not an option, other treatments may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or cryosurgery. Cryosurgery uses a metal probe to freeze and kill the cancer cells. Other possible treatments include ethanol injection, in which alcohol is injected into the liver to kill cancer cells. A treatment called radiofrequency ablation uses a probe to kill the cancer cells with heat.
It may also be recommended that a person with liver cancer enroll in a clinical trial of new therapies and treatments for liver cancer.
For people whose liver cancer has metastasized and has become terminal, the goals of treatment may change. Treatment may shifts away from curing the disease and focuses on measures to keep a person comfortable and maximize the quality of life. This treatment is administered through a hospice program.
The following treatments are listed for Liver cancer in our knowledge base:
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More causes: not all possible causes for Liver cancer are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Liver cancer.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
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