Treatment of HCC depends on the patient’s overall health, liver function, and how far the cancer has spread when it is found (stage). Patients with early-stage tumors may be offered curative treatments such as surgery to remove the portion of the liver with cancer, liver transplantation, or ablation, in which special probes are inserted into the cancer to destroy it. Patients with more extensive tumors may be offered noncurative treatments such as embolization or chemotherapy. With curative treatment, most patients live longer than 5 years. When HCC spreads to multiple parts of the liver or outside of the liver, it becomes incurable, and noncurative treatments may prolong life up to 2 years.