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.
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.
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.
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
Richard Rohrer, MD coordinated the multidisciplinary care team in the Liver Cancer Program. Dr. Rohrer, who has been named a Top Doctor by U.S. News and World Report, is an experienced surgeon specializing in liver resections and liver transplants.
Our team also includes liver specialists (hepatologists) Hannah Lee, MD and Kathleen Viveiros, MD, 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.
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.