Surgery is often the best treatment for liver cancer when it is at an early stage and hasn't spread to nearby blood vessels. Other methods have not been shown to be as effective as surgery in treating liver cancer. However, because liver cancer is frequently associated with liver damage (cirrhosis) and surgery may not be possible for some patients.
As surgery is the only effective method for treating liver cancer, it is important that a person with suspected liver cancer has a proper assessment by a specialist team lead by a liver surgeon is known as a Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) surgeon. Liver surgery is currently safe and effective in treating liver cancer if amenable.
Surgery for Liver cancer includes cutting out the liver tumor (Liver resection) or replacing the whole liver with a new liver (liver transplant)