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How is liver cancer treated at different stages?

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Patients with early-stage tumors that can be removed surgically have the best chance of long-term survival. Unfortunately, most liver cancers are inoperable at the time it's diagnosed, either because the cancer is too advanced or the liver is too diseased to permit surgery. In some patients, chemotherapy is given directly into the liver (chemoembolization) to reduce tumors to a size that may make surgery possible. This may also be done without chemotherapy (bland embolization) in some cases, using ethanol instead. After surgery, radiation and chemotherapy have shown no advantage in improving survival. Patients in remission must be monitored closely for potential recurrence.

SOURCES: 

The Mayo Clinic. 

American Cancer Society. 

Allegheny General Hospital Liver Cancer Network.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

SOURCES: 

The Mayo Clinic. 

American Cancer Society. 

Allegheny General Hospital Liver Cancer Network.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

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