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Treatment Options for Adult Primary Liver Cancer

For information about the treatments listed below, see the Treatment Option Overview section.

Stages 0, A, and B Adult Primary Liver Cancer

Treatment of stages 0, A, and B adult primary liver cancer may include the following:

  • Surveillance for lesions smaller than 1 centimeter.
  • Partial hepatectomy.
  • Total hepatectomy and liver transplant.
  • Ablation of the tumor using one of the following methods:
    • Radiofrequency ablation.
    • Microwave therapy.
    • Percutaneous ethanol injection.
    • Cryoablation.
  • A clinical trial of electroporation therapy.

Use our clinical trial search to find NCI-supported cancer clinical trials that are accepting patients. You can search for trials based on the type of cancer, the age of the patient, and where the trials are being done. General information about clinical trials is also available.

Stages C and D Adult Primary Liver Cancer

Treatment of stages C and D adult primary liver cancer may include the following:

  • Embolization therapy using one of the following methods:
    • Transarterial embolization (TAE).
    • Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE).
  • Targeted therapy.
  • Radiation therapy.
  • A clinical trial of targeted therapy after chemoembolization or combined with chemotherapy.
  • A clinical trial of new targeted therapy drugs.
  • A clinical trial of targeted therapy with or without stereotactic body radiation therapy.
  • A clinical trial of stereotactic body radiation therapy or proton-beam radiation therapy.

Use our clinical trial search to find NCI-supported cancer clinical trials that are accepting patients. You can search for trials based on the type of cancer, the age of the patient, and where the trials are being done. General information about clinical trials is also available.

This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Navigating Care disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information. This information was sourced and adapted from Adapted from the National Cancer Institute's Physician Data Query (PDQ®) Cancer Information Summaries on www.cancer.gov.

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