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Liver and Biliary Cancer Treatment Options


Depending on the type and location of the liver cancer, surgery may be a good choice for treatment. Surgical removal of the cancer may be done before, after or instead of other treatments.

Interventional treatments

Not all patients are candidates for surgery. For these patients, Legacy offers interventional radiology treatment options.
  • Ablation -- To destroy selected liver tumors, a probe inserted directly into the tumor creates heat with electrical energy. This can be done through the skin (in the Radiology Department) or as a surgical procedure.
  • Transarterial chemoembolization or TACE -- Chemotherapy is injected into the hepatic (liver) artery that supplies the liver tumor, often in the form of tiny beads coated with chemotherapy drugs.
  • Transarterial radioembolization or Y-90 -- Similar to TACE but using tiny radioactive beads that are injected into the hepatic artery to deliver radiation directly to a tumor.


Depending on the type of tumor, particularly those that have spread (metastatic tumors), chemotherapy drugs may be offered. Chemotherapy is provided in collaboration with OHSU Knight Cancer Institute medical oncologists, through the OHSU Knight-Legacy Health Cancer Collaborative.


Radiation therapy may be offered to treat select tumors in both the liver and biliary tract. Learn more about radiation oncology.


Integrative care

Legacy Cancer Institute's integrative medicine services complement traditional cancer care. We offer many options from both Western and Eastern medicine to help improve your quality of life, both during and after treatment. Learn more.