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.
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: