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Liver Cancer Treatments: Chemotherapy or Radiation therapy

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Chemotherapy or radiation therapy

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is treatment in which medications that are toxic to tumors are given to patients by intravenous infusion or in pill form. There is more hope that new chemotherapies can more effective than in the past..and can even lengthen survival in some patients. There is still a limited role for chemotherapy but it is expanding.

Radiation therapy

Using radiation is not effective, as that damages the rest of the liver as much as cancerous areas.