Newly Diagnosed

Newly Diagnosed? What You Should Know

If you have recently been diagnosed with primary liver cancer (cancer that started in the liver), you’re probably wondering what to do next. Educating yourself about the disease and treatment options is a good start. However, your most important decision is selecting where to get treatment.

Liver cancer is a rare disease, and it is essential to seek care from specialists who focus on it exclusively and can offer you the latest therapies. Our liver cancer program treats more than 250 new patients with primary liver cancer every year, which makes it the largest program in the region, and our doctors are internationally recognized experts in treating this disease.

Your Choice Matters

Studies have shown that the first treatment you receive for cancer is by far the most important. That’s why your first choice in a treatment center needs to be the right one.

  • Patients who begin their treatment with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) often have better outcomes than those who started treatment elsewhere.
  • The experts you need are right here: a world-class team of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, interventional radiologists (who use radiology-based methods to treat disease), hepatologists (liver specialists), transplant specialists, and pathologists who work together through the multidisciplinary Liver Tumor Clinic.
  • As a member institution of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, SCCA is home to doctors who help define the guidelines for liver cancer care nationally.
  • Patients of SCCA have access to advanced therapies being explored in many ongoing clinical studies for liver cancer conducted at SCCA and its founding organizations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine.
  • You’ll also find the most advanced diagnostic, treatment, and recovery programs—as well as extensive support to help you cope with your cancer.

Get Collaborative Care

SCCA liver cancer patients are treated at the Liver Tumor Clinic located in the Surgery Pavilion at University of Washington Medical Center. At the Liver Tumor Clinic, we view treatment as a collaborative effort. Your doctors will discuss all your options and recommend a treatment plan based on your type of cancer and how it has progressed. We’ll also consider your general health, lifestyle, and personal preferences.