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No liver cancer patient is the same. Get personalized treatment.

Liver cancer is the 13th most common cancer in the United States, with more than 30,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The liver is a critical organ the body cannot live without. It helps filter impurities and produces bile, which helps the body digest food and process fats. Damage to the liver from illness or disease may increase the risk of liver cancer and impact treatment options for the diseases.

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, interventional radiologists and other experts have years of experience delivering the range of cancer treatments available to treat liver cancer. Our whole-person care model is also designed to support patients throughout their treatment journey and includes supportive care services to help them manage side effects and maintain their quality of life.

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Treatment options

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Many treatment options are used for liver cancer, including surgery, radiation therapy and immunotherapy. Which option is appropriate for you depends how much liver damage has been caused by cancer or other conditions and whether the cancer has spread elsewhere in the body, among other factors. Your multidisciplinary team of cancer experts will answer your questions and recommend treatment options based on your unique diagnosis and needs. Treatment options for liver cancer include:

Interventional radiology
Interventional radiology procedures are designed to deliver treatments directly to the tumor using minimally invasive technologies that help spare surrounding healthy tissue.

Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy may be used before or after surgery to shrink tumors and target cancer cells, or as a systemic treatment for metastatic disease.

Radiation therapy
A variety of radiation therapy procedures may be an option to deliver radiation directly to cancer cells while reducing side effects.

Targeted therapy
Targeted therapy drugs seek out specific proteins unique to cancer cells.

Gastroenterology
A gastroenterologist may be required to treat liver cancer or relieve side effects.

Immunotherapy
Immunotherapy drugs work by blocking receptor proteins that allow cancer cells to hide from the immune system.

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Supportive care

We understand that managing the side effects of cancer treatment is critical to your quality of life. In addition to treating your liver cancer with evidence-based conventional approaches, your care team may recommend various supportive care therapies designed to help you stay strong throughout treatment. They may include:

​Nutrition therapy

Every patient has the option of meeting with a registered dietitian.

​Mind-body medicine

​Our mind-body medicine program is designed to support you and your caregivers before, during and after cancer treatment.

​Pain management

Pain management is a branch of medicine focused on reducing pain and improving quality of life through an integrative approach to care.

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"For more than two years, I returned to CTCA every month for five to six days at a time. I received chemotherapy intravenously and took advantage of all the supportive care services CTCA offered."

Chris P - Pancreatic Cancer Survivor

Chris P.

Pancreatic Cancer

URL: https://www.cancercenter.com/patient-stories/chrisp

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