Liver cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells form in the liver, an organ that plays a major role in digestion, metabolism and detoxification in the human body. These cancerous cells do not function normally and may divide uncontrollably, crowding out healthy liver cancer cells and possibly invading other organs in the body.
Here [at City of Hope], there is one mission: It is treatment of cancer patients to make them no longer cancer patients but recovering individuals that are going back to their families.
– Yuman Fong, M.D., chair, Department of Surgery
Approximately 42,000 adults (nearly 29,000 men and 13,000 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with liver cancer this year.
There are currently no screening guidelines for liver cancer since screenings haven't been shown to lower the risk of dying from liver cancer. However, your physician may recommend more active monitoring if you are at a high risk of developing this disease.
City of Hope has one of the most renowned liver cancer programs in the United States, with medical experts across different fields — including surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology and supportive care medicine.
A patient-centered treatment approach guided by your unique needs and background, including molecular and genetic testing of your cancer to find the most effective therapies
Our leadership, innovation and experience in minimally invasive and complex surgeries for liver cancer — with one of the best track records for safety and long-term outcomes
Advanced technology and expertise minimally invasive, robotically assisted surgeries that can reduce discomfort, blood loss and recovery times for liver cancer patients, with some being able to go home within 24 hours after the operation
Needle- and catheter-based therapies, such as ablation and radioembolization that can treat liver tumors effectively without major incisions
Experience in hepatic arterial infusion (HAI), which delivers cancer-fighting drugs directly to the tumor site for greater effectiveness
A comprehensive portfolio of drugs that can fight cancer better with fewer side effects, including targeted therapy and immunotherapy that attacks liver cancer cells with greater accuracy
Targeted radiation therapy delivery that can focus on liver tumors while sparing healthy liver tissue, allowing the treatment to destroy the tumor completely or shrink it small enough for surgical removal
Access to a wide range of clinical trials that may be more effective against liver cancer and less harmful to the patient; many of these promising therapies are only available to City of Hope patients
Supportive care services to address a wide range of disease- and treatment-related concerns
City of Hope is one of the few facilities designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.
City of Hope's Yuman Fong is an internationally recognized expert in cancer of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts. He has led the research effort to employ genetically modified viruses to destroy cancer cells.