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Multimodality Approach for Treating Liver Cancer

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At the UPMC Liver Cancer Center, our treatment philosophy is based on a multimodality approach. This means that we customarily explore more than one form of therapy to treat liver tumors.

For example, a patient with a large, inoperable liver tumor may initially receive regional therapy to the liver with transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) or internal radiation (yttrium-90).

The goal of this regional therapy is to reduce the size of the liver tumor so that surgeons can remove it.

Deciding on a Treatment Approach That's Best for You

Each week, UPMC Liver Cancer Center specialists review many patients' clinical presentations — such as liver biopsies and CT scans — and decide on the most appropriate approach for treatment.  After which, a liver cancer nurse contacts each patient to arrange for treatment.

Clinical programs represented at this weekly conference include:

  • Liver surgery
  • Liver oncology
  • Liver pathology
  • Liver radiology
  • Hepatology
  • Liver nursing