Our Approach to Treating Liver Cancer
Liver cancer develops when the cells that make up the liver reproduce at an abnormal rate. As the cells continue to grow, they begin to form a mass, called a tumor. A tumor can either be benign (meaning it’s noncancerous and unlikely to spread to other parts of the body) or malignant (meaning that the tumor is cancerous, and the cancerous cells may spread throughout the body). There are also several different types of liver cancer, which are categorized by the type of cells that grew to create the tumor – liver cells, blood vessel cells or bile duct cells.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, patients are cared for by a multispecialty team of experts who all focus solely on liver cancer. This team takes a collaborative and individualized approach to diagnosing and treating each patient. Moffitt’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Program fully assesses each patient, performing services such as:
- Review of previous test results for a second opinion
- Initial exams and consultations
- X-rays, MRIs or CT scan imaging
- Biopsies, blood tests and other diagnostic testing
- Review of results
- Discussion of treatment options
With this information, our team will meet weekly as a collaborative tumor board to review each patient’s condition individually, come up with the most effective treatment plan and monitor the patient’s progress during his or her liver cancer treatment. Because our experts are involved in some of the latest drug studies and clinical trials, and our physicians utilize the most advanced techniques, our patients and their families can rest assured that they’re receiving the best liver cancer treatment available. In fact, our dedication to individualized patient care and continued research has led to Moffitt Cancer Center being named a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.
We do not require a referral for our patients to visit Moffitt Cancer Center’s liver cancer program and speak with our oncologists. Call 1-888-MOFFITT to schedule an appointment or complete our new patient registration form.