Chemotherapy for liver cancer
Primary liver cancer chemotherapy treatments are used in three ways:
- Chemotherapy may be used before surgery to destroy cancer cells. It also allows your oncologist to determine the effects of a particular liver cancer treatment regimen on the tumor.
- Chemotherapy is used after surgery or radiation to target cancer cells that were not removed during liver cancer surgery, and helps prevent the cancer from spreading to other parts of your body.
- Systemic chemotherapy, meaning the circulation of chemotherapy drugs through the bloodstream to cancer cells through the body, plays an important role in the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic primary liver cancer.
We understand the potential side effects of chemotherapy are unpleasant and may include nausea, vomiting, hair loss and mouth sores. Your care team may recommend multiple measures to help reduce or moderate chemotherapy-related symptoms.
Prior to receiving chemotherapy for liver cancer, you may receive pre-medications to help make side effects more tolerable.