Medical Therapy for Liver Cancer

Medical oncologists treat cancer with drugs and treatments other than surgery and radiation. The medical oncology team uses chemotherapy, powerful medications that can kill cancer cells. Doctors also use targeted biologic agents, which are designed to destroy cancer cells without harming healthy tissue.

The way the chemotherapy is given depends on the type and stage of your cancer being treated. You might have chemotherapy through a vein in your arm, or your doctor may place a small pump with anticancer drugs inside your body. This puts the chemotherapy drugs directly into the blood vessels that go to the tumor. If you have this type of chemotherapy, an interventional radiologist might be part of your treatment team.

If your cancer originated in the colon, but has spread to the liver, you may be a candidate for hepatic artery infusion (HAI). With HAI, chemotherapy drugs are delivered straight to your liver via targeted therapy through self-contained pump.