Surgery is the most effective treatment for HCC. The type of operation you have depends on the number of tumours that are in the liver and how damaged the liver is from chronic liver disease. Only a small number of people with HCC can have surgery. There are two types of operation:
- a liver transplant, where your liver is removed and replaced with a liver from another person (a donor).
- a liver resection, where they remove only the part of your liver where the cancer is.
Your surgeon and specialist nurse will tell you if surgery is a possible option for you. They will explain what it involves and what the possible complications or risks are. An operation to your liver is major surgery, so it’s important to have all the information you need before you decide.