Liver Cancer Overview
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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) patients with liver cancer receive the best care possible—from accurate staging to state-of-the-art treatments—provided by some of the world’s leading doctors. Our liver cancer program is the largest in the region. Each year we treat more than 250 new patients with primary liver cancer (cancer that started in the liver).

Collaborative, Expert Care

During your first visit, you will have a comprehensive evaluation and get a treatment plan based on all of your available information from a collaborative team of liver tumor specialists, including surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic and interventional radiologists, liver transplant experts, and pathologists. This approach truly offers patients one-stop shopping.

Primary Liver Cancer Treatment

SCCA patients who have primary liver cancer are treated through the multidisciplinary Liver Tumor Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center. The clinic team treats cancers of the liver and related organs, including:

  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Gallbladder carcinoma

We offer a full spectrum of the latest treatments, including:

  • Surgery, including robot-assisted liver resection
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Irreversible electroporation (NanoKnife)
  • Chemoembolization
  • Radioembolization
  • Liver transplantation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy, including proton therapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy

Secondary Liver Cancer Treatment

If you have secondary liver cancer—meaning you have another form of cancer, such as colon or breast cancer, that has spread to your liver (liver metastases)—the team from the Liver Tumor Clinic treats this, too.

New Treatments in Clinical Studies

SCCA was formed, in part, to bring promising new treatments to patients faster. This means more treatment options through SCCA than you might find elsewhere, including the chance to participate in one of many ongoing clinical studies conducted at SCCA and its founding organizations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine.