The Competition

Surgery / Transplant

Surgically remove tumor only if it is small and caught early followed by radiation or chemotherapy. Only 10-20% of tumors can be removed. Transplant with a new liver from a donor requires lifetime medication with side effects of bone loss, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and Diabetes. 5 yr. survival rate is approximately 72%


  • The medical use of ionizing radiation.
  • Side effects include fatigue, vomiting, nausea, hair loss and skin irritation.


  • Chemical compounds used to destroy cancer cells, also kills many normal cells.
  • Only used in post-surgery patients.
  • Used as palliative treatment in liver cancer patients.

Targeted Drug Therapy

  • Nexavar - Targets new blood vessel formation to prevent tumorigenesis
  • Used for patients who have tumors that cannot be surgically removed.
  • Side effects similar to radiation therapy.
  • Extends life by approx. 3 months in only 53% of patients tested.