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Find out about the different types of treatment for cancer that started in the liver (primary liver cancer). 

If you have a cancer that started in another part of your body and has spread to your liver you need to go to our information about secondary liver cancer

Decisions about your treatment

Find out about the different types of treatment for liver cancer and how your doctor decides which treatment you need. 


Find out more about surgery for early liver cancer, including liver resection and liver transplant. 

Chemoembolisation (TACE)

Chemoembolisation means having chemotherapy directly into the blood vessel feeding the tumour in the liver and blocking off the blood supply. It’s also called trans arterial chemoembolisation (TACE).

Treatment using heat to destroy liver cancer (thermal ablation)

There are 2 types of thermal ablation; radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and microwave ablation (MWA). Find out how you have these treatments and the possible side effects.


Radiotherapy uses radiation, usually x-rays, to kill cancer cells.

Targeted cancer drugs

Targeted cancer drugs can shrink an advanced cancer or slow its growth. Find out about how the treatment works, the drugs used and possible side effects.

Follow up appointments

After treatment for liver cancer you have regular follow up appointments and might need to have some tests.

Research and clinical trials

Find out about the latest research, clinical trials in the UK for liver cancer and how you can take part.

Last reviewed: 
21 Dec 2018
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