Radiotherapy for primary liver cancer
Radiotherapy treats cancer by using high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells, while doing as little harm as possible to normal cells.
Currently, radiotherapy is not often used to treat primary liver cancer because the liver can’t tolerate very high doses of radiotherapy. It’s sometimes used to treat cholangiocarcinoma, but not usually hepatocellular cancers.
Our section on radiotherapy gives more details about the treatment and its side effects.