Liver cancer varies in its severity in patients depending on where it is located in the organ, how far it has spread and whether it is a primary or secondary cancer. Treatment for liver cancer will depend on whether it started in the liver (primary) or whether its spread from another cancer in the body (secondary). Treatment can include surgery, chemotherapy, the use of heat (thermal ablation) and through the use of targeted medications.
Liver cancer medications aim to prevent a cancer from growing and spreading to other parts of the body. Medications are usually prescribed because a patient cannot have surgery for health reasons, the cancer cannot be treated by surgery or the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. These medications enter the blood stream and are thus able to target cancers anywhere in the body; they are often prescribed because chemotherapy is less effective against liver cancers and medications provide a more targeted approach.