Liver tumors and cancer

Liver cancer overview

You are at the center of everything we do at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). We surround you with a team of specialists at the Liver Tumor Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center who work together closely to provide expertly targeted, complete care and compassionate support throughout your treatment and beyond.

We guide you every step of the way, combining our deep clinical expertise in liver, gallbladder, bile duct and related cancers with a commitment to meet your unique needs.

Why choose SCCA for liver cancer treatment?

  • Experienced liver cancer specialists
    SCCA’s internationally recognized specialists treat more people with liver cancer than anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest. We help define the national standards for liver cancer care. If you have another cancer, such as colorectal, that has spread to your liver, we work closely with the team treating your primary disease.
  • Comprehensive liver cancer treatment
    Our doctors are experts in the full spectrum of treatments liver cancer may require. Based on the unique characteristics of your disease, your team may recommend surgery, thermal ablation, irreversible electroporation, embolization, chemotherapy, proton therapy or other radiation therapy, all available here.
  • First-of-its-kind minimally invasive care
    If your team in the Liver Tumor Clinic recommends minimally invasive therapies, you may receive care at the Center for Advanced Minimally Invasive Liver Oncologic Therapy — the first program of its kind in the region where doctors and surgeons partner to provide coordinated, minimally invasive options.
  • Liver cancer clinical trials
    To give you access to the most innovative therapies, SCCA unites the leading researchers and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch and UW Medicine so you can take part in liver cancer clinical studies not available everywhere.
  • A national leader in cancer care
    SCCA is the leading cancer treatment center in the region and among the top nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report. 
  • NCI comprehensive cancer center
    We are a comprehensive cancer center, a designation from the National Cancer Institute that reflects our scientific leadership and the depth and breadth of our research to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
Second opinions

If you’ve been diagnosed with liver cancer, we recommend getting a second opinion before choosing where you’ll be treated. 

Though you can benefit from a second opinion at any time, it is most valuable when you are first diagnosed and have the widest array of treatment options. 

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) has the region’s only liver tumor clinic, located at University of Washington Medical Center, where our surgical, medical and radiation oncologists come together with hepatologists and transplant specialists each week to discuss and care for people with liver cancer. During a single visit you get the second opinion of not one doctor but an entire group of specialists.

Talk with liver cancer experts who understand your disease in greater depth than the general oncologists in your local community.

Call us at (855) 557-0555 to request an appointment for a second opinion.

How a second opinion can help

Getting a second opinion from doctors who specialize in liver cancer can help you:

Feel confident that your cancer has been accurately diagnosed and staged

There are several types of liver cancer, and evaluating the stage of these tumors can be complex. Pathologists, radiologists and gastroenterologists from SCCA are experts in diagnosing liver cancers and have access to the latest technologies to help ensure we know as much about your cancer as possible.

Consider state-of-the-art treatment options

A second opinion may identify better, more advanced or more aggressive options, including a liver transplant, minimally invasive surgery, thermal ablation, transarterial chemoembolization, the latest radiation therapies (including proton therapy), and clinical studies of new chemotherapies or other techniques.

Understand the benefits of specialized, multidisciplinary care

The team of liver cancer specialists from SCCA offers in-depth understanding of the full spectrum of treatments. We have first-hand knowledge of current research and a wealth of treatment experience.

Start with a course of therapy tailored to you

We focus on you, not just your cancer, when developing a treatment plan. We consider your goals, plans, beliefs, values and preferences to design your treatment holistically.

Learn whether genetics play a role

Your genetic make-up may have played a role in the development of your cancer, and it might impact your treatment. Depending on our findings, you and your family may benefit from SCCA’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program.

Request a second opinion

phone  (855) 557-0555
We recognize that liver cancer is serious. Getting a second opinion does not have to delay the start of your treatment. We aim to see you within one week. Call to request a second opinion with an SCCA doctor.
Second opinions

If you’ve been diagnosed with liver cancer, we recommend getting a second opinion before choosing where you’ll be treated. Though you can benefit from a second opinion at any time, it is most valuable when you are first diagnosed and have the widest array of treatment options. 

Treatment

Our doctors are experts in the full spectrum of treatments liver cancer may require. Based on the unique characteristics of your disease, your team may recommend surgery, thermal ablation, irreversible electroporation, embolization, chemotherapy, proton therapy or other radiation therapy, all available here.

Providers

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.

Clinical trials

To give you access to the most innovative therapies, SCCA unites the leading researchers and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch and UW Medicine so you can take part in liver cancer clinical studies not available everywhere.

Resources

There are many resources online for learning about your disease, as well as organizations that provide community and support for your cancer diagnosis. Health educators at the SCCA Patient and Family Resource Center have compiled a list of trusted sources to help you get started.