It may be possible to remove the affected part or parts of the liver with surgery (a liver resection). This operation is most commonly used to remove secondary liver tumours that have come from a primary cancer in the bowel. Occasionally it is used for other primary cancers.
Liver resection is a major operation that takes 3–4 hours. It is carried out in specialist hospitals by doctors called hepatobiliary surgeons, who are experienced in liver surgery. It is only suitable for some people with secondary liver cancer. There are usually no long-term side effects following a liver resection. This is because the remaining liver can regrow within a few months of the operation and carry out all its normal functions.
Chemotherapy may be used to shrink tumours before surgery to make the operation safer and more successful. It may also be used after surgery to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back.
You can discuss with your doctor whether surgery may be helpful for you.