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Know About the Alternative Therapies for Liver Cancer

Know About the Alternative Therapies for Liver Cancer

Liver cancer is one of the deadly health conditions we have today. Although liver cancer is a progressing health condition, there are medicines and treatments that slow down the progression of cancer. With medicines and treatments, there are alternative therapies for liver cancer that you must know. In this article, you will be reading about liver cancer and the therapies that you should know about.

Understanding liver cancer

Generally, liver cancer is classified as primary and secondary.

Primary liver cancer is when the liver develops cancer cells. Secondary liver cancer develops when cancer cells from other organs spread to the liver.

Cancer cells are known to travel in the body and infect the body as much as they can. These harmful cells invade your organs, tissues, bones, and begin to multiply.

Liver cancer is fatal and it requires treatments and medications to prevent cancer cell spread and to kill cancerous cells.

There are treatments and surgeries available that can help you in treating liver cancer. However, sometimes your doctor may recommend alternative therapies that can help and support the main treatment in fighting back cancer.

Let’s take a look at different alternative therapies for liver cancer that your doctor may recommend.

Alternative therapies for liver cancer that you must know

Targeted therapy

Targeted therapy involves the use of medicines designed to attack the cancer cells where they are weak. The medicines in this therapy decrease tumour growth by blocking the blood supply.

Targeted therapy can be useful for people who are not comfortable undergoing a liver transplant or hepatectomy.

However, you should know that targeted therapy can have significant side effects.


Immunotherapy makes the immune system fight against cancer. When there are cancer cells in the body, it produces proteins that blind the immune system cells, unabling the immune system to attack against cancer.

Immunotherapy works by interfering this process and helps your immune system to work against cancer.

Generally, immunotherapy treatments are reserved for people with advanced liver cancer.

Palliative care for liver cancer

Palliative care is specialized care that provides relief to people with serious illness and chronic diseases. A palliative care specialist works with you, your family, and doctors, and provides an extra layer of care and support.

You can use palliative care before undergoing aggressive cancer treatments like radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or surgery. A cancer patient feels better and can live longer if he/she receives palliative care along with other treatments.

The team of palliative care includes doctors, nurses, and other specialist health professionals. Try palliative care to take care of the cancer patient effectively.

Milk thistle

It is said that a herb called milk thistle can help treat liver cancer. Milk thistle is a potent herbal plant that has been in use for more than 2,000 years. This herb is useful for several health conditions, including a few types of cancer.

There are a few studies that suggest this herb may help liver cancer patients.

There is a randomized clinical trial in children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, which found that silymarin in milk thistle can decrease the side effects of chemotherapy on the liver.

This herb is also said to help patients with breast, head, and neck cancer. However, you must know that this herb may have a few side effects.

Ensure you are using this herb after consulting your doctor. Get a recommendation before using any herb or natural remedy for liver cancer.


Hypnosis can be one of the alternative therapies for liver cancer that you may try. However, you must know that there is no concrete evidence that proves hypnosis can treat cancer. As hypnosis is a part of psychological therapy, some patients find this technique helpful, while some do not.

There is research that shows hypnosis can help cancer patients to cope with their depression, stress, and anxiety. Patients who underwent hypnotherapy are reported to feel calmer and stress-free. Also, there are reports that show cancer patients may have fewer sleeping problems.

In children with cancer, hypnotherapy can help patients to control their fears of medical procedures.

You must know that while hypnosis may provide psychological support, it may have some side effects. Talk to your doctor and get complete information about hypnotherapy before trying hypnosis.

Acupuncture and Acupressure for liver cancer

Acupuncture is one of the techniques of traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting sharp needles into specific points (specific blood vessels and nerves) to reduce pain and aid healing. It is one of the common alternative therapies for liver cancer to reduce cancer-related liver pain.

Like acupuncture, acupressure works the same but instead of using needles, it uses finger pressure. This stimulates healing. Acupressure is one of the best options for people who are afraid of needles.

Try acupressure or acupuncture as your alternative therapies for liver cancer.

Relaxation techniques

Your doctor may suggest a few relaxation techniques that you can try. You may be recommended to perform yoga or breathing exercises to relax your mind and muscles. Your doctor may also recommend a few stress managing techniques that can help you to manage your stress and thereby help you relax.

Your doctor may recommend ‘Imagery’ as one of the relaxation techniques. In this, you must close your eyes and try to imagine and create an image – a positive image. It can be anything – being with loved ones, exploring new places, performing an activity, or doing what you love the most.

Ensure you imagine yourself in a positive manner or in a positive situation. This can make you feel calm and relaxed.

Try making your own imaginary story and once you feel fine, just end your imagination. Just count to three slowly, take a deep breath, and open your eyes. End this activity by saying to yourself “I feel fine and relaxed.”

Key Takeaways

Liver cancer is a progressive condition but with proper medicines and alternative treatments, you can prevent cancer spread or at leastalleviate some of the pain, stress and worry, which can help aid in healing. Try these alternative therapies for liver cancer to prevent cancer spread and slow down the liver cancer progression.

Take help from your doctor regarding suitable alternative therapies for liver cancer and follow them with daily medications. Try not to use any alternatives without consulting your doctor.

Learn more about Liver Cancer here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


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Written by Nikita Bhalla Updated Aug 25
Fact Checked by Hello Doctor Medical Panel