Thanks for posting. First of all, sorry for the delay in posting, we’ve been quite busy lately. Meanwhile, you’ve had some really helpful and supportive messages.
There are different treatment options for secondary liver cancer and different types of ablation. If your partner has been recommended surgery in his situation as opposed to another type of treatment, I’m sure there are good reasons for this. It might reassure you to ask the surgeon to explain the treatment of choice a bit more.
Many factors are taken into account when deciding on treatment. The local treatment of cancer spread to the liver (liver secondaries) is a very specialist area and I don’t have the experience or training to suggest why an individual would have one treatment in preference to another. From my reading in this area, surgical resection of liver secondaries has significantly improved people’s survival and it is often the surgeon’s treatment of choice for people who only have secondaries in the liver and who are fit for surgery. Chemotherapy before surgery is routinely recommended for some people in this situation.
Different types of ablation (such as microwave ablation or radiofrequency ablation) can be a useful as an alternative to surgery or as an additional treatment alongside surgery. For example, combined ablation and surgery may mean that people whose cancer has traditionally been inoperable are now able to have their cancer completely removed.
Ablation or other local treatments for liver secondaries can be helpful in people who are not well enough to have surgery. It may also have its advantages over surgery in cancer with a particular location. For example, ablation may be more useful in treating deep seated cancers in the liver (because surgery to remove such cancers could require quite a large area of the liver being resected).
I’m glad you’ve had some posts from max56 and meerkat (Jo) because they can give you their experience.
I hope this helps to reassure you.