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Cancer Center

Liver/Hepato-Biliary Cancer Program

Compassionate, Personalized Treatment for Liver Cancer

If you've been recently diagnosed with liver cancer, you and your family probably have many questions and concerns.

At the Liver Cancer Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, our experienced team understands how overwhelming a cancer diagnosis can be. That's why we offer not only leading-edge cancer treatment, but also access to a range of support services for you and your family, such as:

Our multidisciplinary team treats all types of liver tumors, including:

  • Hepatocellular carcinoma (associated with hepatitis B, hepatitis C and excessive drinking)
  • Cancer of the bile ducts (cholangiocarcinoma)
  • Metastatic colorectal or breast cancers
  • Carcinoid tumors (neuroendocrine tumors of the gut)
  • Benign tumors and cysts like hepatic adenomas and hemangiomas

What Treatments Are Right for Me?

Your treatment options depend on the type of cancer you have, how far it has advanced and your overall health. This is why having a team of specialists is so important. We'll work with you and your family to ensure your unique treatment plan addresses all aspects of your health.

Tumor Removal
Our surgeons specialize in minimally invasive liver resections. During this procedure, we remove the diseased portion of your liver laparoscopically through incisions as small as the tip of your finger. This minimally invasive approach reduces your pain, risk and recovery time.

Our doctors also use other minimally invasive therapies to remove or destroy liver tumors, including:

  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA): Image-guided treatment that heats and destroys cancer cells
  • Cryosurgery: A technique to freeze and destroy abnormal tissue
  • Chemoembolization and radioembolization: The process of delivering anti-cancer drugs or radioactive particles directly to a tumor

If you need a liver transplant, your care team will work in close collaboration with the doctors of the Transplant Surgery Service. This is one of New England's most successful multi-organ transplant programs, with outcomes exceeding national averages.

Drug Therapy
Your treatment regimen may also include targeted drug therapy such as sorafenib or chemotherapy. Sorafenib is the first targeted therapy approved for liver cancer, and it offers new hope to patients whose cancer has spread or who cannot undergo surgery.

Clinical Trials
In addition to standard treatments, our program offers access to promising new therapies through participation in clinical trials at Tufts MC and across the country. View our open trials >

A Team Approach to Cancer Care

Our team includes liver specialists (hepatologist), surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, dedicated nurses, nutritionists and social workers. Together, we work to provide personalized treatment for each and every one of our patients. For your convenience during appointments, you can see your entire care team in one location.

Jeffrey Cooper, MD

Jeffrey Cooper, MD

Title(s): Chief, Transplant Surgery; Transplant Surgeon; Director, General Surgery Residency Program; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, Transplant Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5592
Fax #: 617-636-8228

Liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation

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Kevin Daly, MD

Kevin Daly, MD

Title(s): Interventional Radiologist, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology, CardioVascular Center
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3004
Fax #: 617-636-1149

Diagnostic and interventional radiology, general radiology

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Robert Martell, MD, PhD

Robert Martell, MD, PhD

Title(s): Medical Oncologist; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6227
Fax #: 617-636-8538

Phase I clinical trials, GI oncology, breast cancer, head and neck malignancies, liver tumors

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We value our relationship with referring physicians, and we'll communicate with you by phone or in writing as soon as we see your patient. In addition, we're always available for questions.

Call Us: 617-636-6227