Chemotherapy uses anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy is not used very often for primary liver cancer (HCC). This is because doctors are concerned that it does not work very well for this type of cancer. However, it may be used to try to control the tumour and reduce symptoms. It is not suitable for everyone because the liver may not be working well enough to cope with the drugs.
Chemotherapy drugs may be given into a vein (intravenously) or as tablets. The most commonly used chemotherapy drug is doxorubicin.
Other chemotherapy drugs that may be used include: