Palliative radiotherapy is radiation treatment given to help reduce pain or discomfort, or
other symptoms related to cancer. This is used commonly for cancer that has spread to the
bones and brain, and for many other primary cancers that are too advanced to be cured,
including lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and head and neck cancer. The benefits of palliative
radiotherapy for advanced liver cancer have not been well studied.
This study is designed to help to see whether palliative radiation therapy is effective in
controlling pain, discomfort or other symptoms related to liver cancer, and how this therapy
Phase II Trial of Palliative Radiotherapy for Locally Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma and
Hepatic Metastases might affect the quality of life of patients receiving such therapy. This
information will help the doctors understand if there are specific conditions under which
radiation therapy is more effective and worthwhile, and how it may affect the quality of life
for patients who have locally advanced hepatocellular carcinoma and hepatic metastasis.