Liver cancer treatment overview

Your treatment will depend on whether you have primary liver cancer or secondary cancer in the liver; the size and spread of the cancer; and whether any other disease, such as cirrhosis, affects your liver. Your doctor will also consider your age and general health, as well as the options available at your hospital.

  • Primary liver cancer – The most common treatments are tumour ablation using heat (radiofrequency or microwave ablation) and chemotherapy delivered directly into the cancer, known as transarterial chemoembolisation (TACE). Surgery is used for about 5% of people.
  • Secondary cancer in the liver – The main treatments are chemotherapy or a combination of surgery and chemotherapy.
This information was last reviewed in July 2014
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