Liver Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment

There’s no better place for liver cancer care than Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Each person with liver cancer is seen by a skilled team of caregivers who develop a targeted and focused plan of treatment that’s personalized for their unique case. Our multidisciplinary team includes surgeons, gastroenterologists, urologists, nephrologists, interventional radiologists, nursing staff, clinical nurse coordinators, care navigators, social workers and others dedicated to providing extraordinary care to you and your family.

Here, you’ll benefit from the team approach of three highly specialized programs that offer exemplary outcomes in liver cancer treatment. These include Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Cancer Care and the Center for Digestive Health’s multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of liver, pancreas and biliary disorders

Liver cancer diagnosis

Most cases of liver cancer occur in people ages 45 and older. Liver cancer is closely associated with hepatitis virus infections, especially hepatitis B. Unfortunately, the incidence and mortality rates for these cancers have increased in all races and both sexes in the past two decades. 

Tests and procedures used to diagnose liver cancer may include:

  • Blood tests to look for liver function abnormalities
  • Imaging tests, such as an ultrasound, CT and MRI, to view the hepatobiliary system in more detail

Liver biopsy, in which a small sample of tissue is removed through a thin needle to test for cancer cells

Liver cancer treatment

Liver, biliary and pancreatic cancers may be complex cancers to treat, but our experienced team is here to provide you with the best care possible. The use of advanced laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery offers a less-invasive approach for many people. 

In addition to surgery, your treatments for liver cancer may include:

  • Ablation to destroy liver tumors without removing them
  • Embolization therapy to block or reduce blood flow to the tumor
  • Radiation therapy to kill cancer cells
  • Targeted drug therapy that attacks cancer cells differently than standard chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy to help your immune system attack cancer cells
  • Chemotherapy

Liver cancer second opinions

If you’ve been diagnosed with liver cancer, learn more about second opinions and how they may help you find all your available treatment options.

Liver cancer research and clinical trials

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is a leader in cancer research. Learn more about research and clinical trial options.

Liver cancer wellness and support

Cancer treatment includes more than just treating physical symptoms. Learn more about our comprehensive wellness and support services.

Liver cancer specialists

To learn more about liver cancer care or to make an appointment, find a specialist near you.