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How is targeted drug therapy used to treat liver cancer?

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These medications work differently than chemotherapy medicines. They go after very specific changes in cancer cells to try and destroy them. Since chemotherapy often isn’t helpful for primary liver cancer, doctors have been trying more targeted medications.

From: What is Primary Liver Cancer? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: NIH, National Cancer Institute: “Adult Primary Liver Cancer Treatment (PDQ®) -- Patient Version.”

American Cancer Society: “What Is Cancer?” “What Is Liver Cancer?” “Liver Cancer Risk Factors,” “Tests for Liver Cancer,” “Liver Cancer Treatment,” “Tumor Ablation for Liver Cancer,” “Embolization Therapy for Liver Cancer,” “Targeted Therapy for Liver Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Liver Cancer.”

Cancer Research UK: “Liver Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Liver Cancer,” “Hemochromatosis,” “Wilson’s disease.”

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Liver Cancer Facts.”

American Liver Foundation: “Liver Cancer.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Liver Cancer -- Cancer Institute Overview.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on November 18, 2016

SOURCES: NIH, National Cancer Institute: “Adult Primary Liver Cancer Treatment (PDQ®) -- Patient Version.”

American Cancer Society: “What Is Cancer?” “What Is Liver Cancer?” “Liver Cancer Risk Factors,” “Tests for Liver Cancer,” “Liver Cancer Treatment,” “Tumor Ablation for Liver Cancer,” “Embolization Therapy for Liver Cancer,” “Targeted Therapy for Liver Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Liver Cancer.”

Cancer Research UK: “Liver Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Liver Cancer,” “Hemochromatosis,” “Wilson’s disease.”

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Liver Cancer Facts.”

American Liver Foundation: “Liver Cancer.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Liver Cancer -- Cancer Institute Overview.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on November 18, 2016

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