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Liver Cancer Care

The liver is a large organ in the belly that:

  • Filters blood from the digestive tract.
  • Secretes bile through ducts into the intestines.
  • Metabolizes drugs and other toxins to keep the body healthy.

The liver is on the right side of the belly and has two lobes. One lobe is on the left side of the liver and one is on the right.

Each year, doctors diagnose almost 24,000 people in the United States with liver cancer.

At UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, we offer state-of-the-art liver cancer treatments and therapies tailored to meet your unique needs.

What Is Liver Cancer?

Cancer is the result of rapid and abnormal cell growth.

Doctors refer to cancer that begins in the tissue of the liver as primary liver cancer.

Cancer can also spread to the liver from other parts of the body. Doctors refer to this metastatic disease as secondary liver cancer.

There are two main types of primary liver cancer: hepatocellular carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of the bile ducts).

The most common types of secondary metastatic liver cancer are:

Why Choose UPMC for Liver Cancer Care?

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center's Liver Cancer Program takes a multidisciplinary approach to care.

  • Our team addresses liver cancer in a thorough and cohesive manner to make sure you receive the best possible treatment.
  • Our surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists work closely with referring doctors and other experts. Our goal is to provide compassionate care at every stage of your liver cancer treatment.
  • We also offer specialized, highly advanced treatments including regional perfusion and liver transplant.

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is the only Comprehensive Cancer Center in the region recognized by the National Cancer Institute.

This means many of our patients can take part in clinical trials of advanced liver cancer treatments. Many times, you won't find these treatments at any other cancer center.

Contact Us About Liver Cancer Care

To learn more about Liver Cancer or to make an appointment, you can:

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Types of Liver Cancer

The two main types of liver cancer are hepatocellular carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of the bile ducts).

Read about the types of liver cancer.
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Liver Cancer Treatment Program

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating liver cancer. Our program includes state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatment options.

Learn more about our liver cancer treatment program.
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Treatments for Liver Cancer

Our oncologists offer a full range of liver cancer treatments, including:

Read more abou treatment options.