Liver Cancer Treatment
The goal of the Liver Cancer Center is to provide care, treatment, and understanding to patients with liver tumors, and to work together to discover causes and cures for other types of liver cancer through research and clinical trial programs.
Overview of Liver Cancer
Liver tumors include tumors that develop from liver cells (primary liver cancer) and tumors that develop somewhere else in the body and spread to the liver (metastatic liver cancer). Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common type of primary liver cancer, and colorectal carcinoma is the most common source of metastatic liver cancer. The liver is a common site of spread from non-liver tumors because the liver's large size and high blood flow make it a prime target for tumor cells traveling through the bloodstream.
The Liver Cancer Center focuses a multidisciplinary team approach to the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the liver and biliary tract. We have a dedicated team of surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, and medical oncologists who meet weekly to plan the best treatment for individual patients with liver tumors. Each liver tumor is different, and our treatment planning reflects this. We study the unique biological features of each patient's tumor so that treatment can be tailored for best results.
Our disciplines include hepatobiliary and liver transplant surgery, hepatology, medical and surgical oncology, interventional radiology, pathology, radiation oncology, epidemiology, and clinical research. Our staff includes physicians, scientists, nurse practitioners, and a support staff that are eager to serve your needs. Ancillary services include nutritional and dietary consultants, social services, financial coordinators, chaplaincy, educational patient classes, support groups, volunteer services, pharmacists, nurses, and respiratory care practitioners.
Community education as it relates to cancer prevention and control is also imperative. Our philosophy is to provide stringent screening for liver tumors in high risk populations. Early detection of these cancers along with early referral to a specialty center can be life saving. We also encourage patients to be proactive in ensuring that their screening tests are up-to-date, and follow up is obtained by their primary care physician or specialist.