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Where can I get treatment for liver cancer?

Dmitri Alden, MD
Surgical Oncology

If someone is diagnosed with liver cancer, it is a serious and urgent situation. Depending on the type of liver cancer and patient's geographical location, various options are available. The ideal is to consult with your treating physician and obtain a referral to a specialized liver center. It is important to understand that liver cancer is a specialty on its own and not all surgical and medical oncologists have the knowledge and proper training training in this field.

When seeing the doctor it is important to ask questions about the doctor's prior experience treating liver conditions, number of liver surgeries performed prior and during the past year, and results. I would recommend to confirm the surgeon's specific liver surgery fellowship training. For most liver cancers a multispecialty approach involving medical oncologists, surgeons and inteventional radiologists is critical. This is typically available in large centrers in metropolitan areas or in smaller hospitals where specific interest has been developed and significant experience has been acquired. In some cases traveling to a remote but very reputable institution can make the difference in getting a successful outcome.  

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