I am 51 years old and had my liver resected last November 30th at University of Colorado Hosptial in Denver by Dr. Martin McCarter, and I was very pleased with his work. They took half of my liver with my orange-sized tumor. It took about two months to recover. I would definitely go for the liver resection. I would have your friend check out clinical trials, particularly the Davanat trial as possible treatment after surgery. You can't get into some of the clinical trials if you've had chemo. You can go to clinicaltrials.gov to get more info. By the time you're on the chemical trial for what might be a cycle of chemo, you'll know if the clinical t rial is working.
I was on the Sorafenib clinical trial in March and April. My tumors had grown back at my first scan after surgery in late February and doubled in size by early May, so the Sorafenib didn't work for me and had some strong side effects - rash, hand-foot syndrome. Several other people on this site have been on the Sorafenib trial and I don't think anyone has had any success. When they did my surgery, they found cancer in my lymph nodes, so they told me it'd probably come back. I don't think they expected it to come back so fast.
I would read the blogs on this site, the info on the general info page , and as much of the discussions as possible. This website has been so helpful and I can't thank Rick and Stacie enough.
I am on chemo now - Gemzar (gemcitabline) and Xeloda (capecitabine) - and it seems to be helping, particulary after adding the Xeloda. At my last scan the tumor growth had slowed substantially and my liver enzymes have improved as well.
Hope this helps. Good luck. Keep us posted.
-Caroline Stoufer (Cell phone number 970-596-1068, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)