If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with liver cancer, you're probably thinking hard about what to do next. Educating yourself about cancer and understanding the various treatment options that are explained on these pages is a good start. However, your most important decision is selecting where to get your cancer treated.
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 at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) often have better outcomes than those who started treatment elsewhere. Not only can you expect the best standard of care available, patients at SCCA have access to advanced therapies and treatments being explored in one of the clinical trials for liver cancer conducted at SCCA's founding organizations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine.
Referrals to SCCA’s Liver Tumor Clinic, which sees between 400 and 500 patients each year, have increased as a result of the increased ability to detect tumors earlier as well as the growing demand for new treatments, such as the minimally invasive procedures and novel clinical trials, offered at SCCA.
At the Liver Tumor Clinic patients are typically evaluated within days of referral. Top liver cancer experts meet twice a week to review diagnostic evidence and consider all available treatments—old, new, and experimental.
At SCCA 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’s progressed. We’ll also consider your general health, lifestyle, and personal preferences.