The Liver Tumor Clinic at UWMC is the Pacific Northwest’s longest running multidisciplinary clinic that offers patients a one-stop consultation for malignant or benign liver tumors. Liver Tumor Clinic is comprised of specialists from the disciplines of Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Surgical Oncology, Pathology, Hepatology, Transplant Services and Medical Oncology, who meet every Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss each individual patient and come up with a complete diagnostic and treatment plan.
Diagnosis and treatment of all liver tumors including:
- Hepatocellular Carcinoma
- Gallbladder Carcinoma
- Focal Nodular Hyperplasia
--Simple, Complex, Polycystic
- Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
- Surgical resection: laparoscopic, open or robotic
- Radiofrequency ablation: percutaneous, laparoscopic, open or thoracoscopic
- Systemic chemotherapy
- Radiation therapy
- Palliative care
- Nutrition evaluation
Surgeons can sometimes remove the part of the liver that contains cancer. After surgery, the remaining normal liver tissue takes over the function of the liver, and the liver regenerates itself.
Radiofrequency ablation uses a probe to create heat around small tumors, destroying the cancer cells.
Irreversible Electroporation (NanoKnife)
Irreversible electroporation uses micropulses of electricity to make the membrane around a cancer cell open, leading to the cell’s death.
Chemoembolization is a method of delivering an anticancer drug directly to the liver through the hepatic artery and then cutting off the blood supply to the tumor, depriving it of the oxygen it needs to survive.
Radioembolization is a method of delivering radiation directly to the liver. Like chemoembolization, this treatment also delivers therapy through the artery supplying blood to the liver.
Transplantation is an option—and possible cure—for some people whose cancer is limited to their liver. UW Medicine has a special Liver Transplant Clinic.
Chemotherapy may temporarily halt or slow the progression of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma.
People with liver cancer may have radiation therapy to help shrink tumors in their liver and control their symptoms.
Nutrition is key to treating liver cancer, but eating can be difficult for people who have the disease. Your nutrition team will guide you toward the foods your body needs to stay as healthy as possible.
In this podcast
, members of the multidisciplinary team at UW Medicine's Liver Tumor Clinic will explore the latest in treatment, plus a patient will share his story.Forms to Bring
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- Insurance card or current medical coupon. You may not be seen without proper authorization from your primary care physician where needed or a current medical coupon when required.
- Relevant medical records with you or ask your referring physician to mail or fax them to us.
Address: UWMC Surgical Specialties Center, Box 356165 1959 NE Pacific Street, Seattle WA 98195.
- FAX (206) 598-1984.
- Plan to arrive at the UWMC Surgical Specialties Center about 20 minutes before your first appointment to complete registration and check-in.
- Some of our patients have complex problems causing us to run behind schedule. Please allow two hours for your clinic visit.
- The UWMC Surgical Specialties Center has a teaching mission in addition to patient care. You may be seen by a medical student and/or resident as well as the attending physician.
- Patients who receive outpatient services at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) receive two bills:
- One bill from the physician or other provider (for the costs of his or her professional services).
- One bill from the hospital (for costs, i.e. building, equipment, supplies, staff time).
- Each of these bills may incur a co-payment or co-insurance responsibility for the patient.
- The exact dollar amount of the co-insurance or co-payment that will be required to pay to the hospital and the physician will depend upon the actual services provided to you during your first visit and the coverage provided by your insurance.
- Fees for not-medically necessary and/ or cosmetic services remain the individual patient’s responsibility and will be collected at the time services are rendered.
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To fax documents, please use the clinic fax number: 206.598.1984