What are the treatments for various stages of Liver cancer?
- Surgery: Surgery is possibly the most effective Cancer Treatment. It includes: Hepatectomy: Extracting a part of the liver by operation is called a hepatectomy. A hepatectomy is performed if the cancer is found to be in one section of the liver. Within a few weeks of surgery, the liver can regrow to its normal size.
- Liver transplant: A liver transplant may often be performed. This procedure is only feasible with strict conditions, including tumor size, and if a suitable donor is identified.
- Radiofrequency Ablation: Radiofrequency ablation can be prescribed as an alternative to early stage Surgery to treat liver cancer, preferably if the tumor has a diameter of less than 3 cm. This treatment includes heating tumors with thin, needle-like electrodes, using microwaves or radio waves. This heat destroys the cancer cells and shrinks the tumors.
- Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy uses potent cancer-killing medications to suppress Liver Cancer spread. For the treatment of cases of stage B and C liver cancer, a form of Chemotherapy called transcatheter arterial chemoembolization is generally recommended.