Treatment Options

At UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, we are in a league of our own in North Texas as the region’s only NCI-designated cancer center. We offer patients individualized treatment plans at a specialized center with access to the latest medications and treatments.

Our team of specialists is the most experienced in North Texas, and we offer treatments that target primary liver cancer and metastatic liver cancer in different ways.

Treatment for Primary Liver Cancer

Depending on the stage of your cancer and your overall age and health, primary liver cancer treatment options may include:

  • Liver transplantation – an option for some patients with early stage liver cancer. Our liver transplant program features an experienced, multidisciplinary team that produces patient outcomes that surpass national averages
  • Surgery to remove the tumor – if the tumor is limited within the liver and the remainder of the liver is healthy enough to tolerate an operation. When a portion of the liver is removed, the surgery is called a hepatectomy. We offer minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgical removal of tumors when possible, which provide faster recovery from surgery
  • Locoregional therapies – deliver treatment directly to the cancer cells. This includes administering chemotherapy or radiation therapy directly to the liver via the arteries
  • Stereotactic radiation therapy – used to shrink a tumor when surgery isn’t an option
  • Chemotherapy – used to slow tumor growth when surgery isn’t an option

Treatment of Liver Metastases

Treatment of liver metastases depends on where the primary cancer originated, the extent of the cancer’s spread to the liver, whether the cancer has spread to other organs besides the liver, and your overall condition.

A combination of therapies is possible, including:

  • Surgery – to remove as much cancer as possible while leaving healthy liver tissue intact
  • Chemotherapy – used to reduce the risk of cancer returning or to shrink liver metastases before surgery
  • Transarterial chemoembolization – uses a special catheter to deliver chemotherapeutic drugs directly into the artery supplying the liver
  • Radiofrequency ablation – the delivery of tumor-eliminating energy through a tiny probe that enters the skin to access the tumors, guided by advanced imaging
  • Stereotactic radiation – delivers large doses of radiation to the tumor using image-guidance technology

Liver cancer treatment at UT Southwestern focuses on eliminating your cancer and giving you the best quality of life after treatment. We offer access to the most innovative procedures, latest drugs, and cutting-edge clinical trials to give you the most options available anywhere.

Clinical Trials

As an academic medical center, UT Southwestern participates in clinical trials to improve treatment for patients with liver cancer. We’re involved in active trials for patients with localized and advanced HCC. Talk to your doctor to see if a clinical trial is right for you.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule a visit with a liver cancer specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.