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Primary Liver Cancer

Approximately 30,000 people are diagnosed in with primary liver cancer in the United States each year. Primary liver cancer, also known as hepatocellular carcinoma or HCC, is more common in other parts of the world such as China and parts of Africa. Primary liver cancer usually occurs in the setting of cirrhosis, but it can also occur in livers without cirrhosis, particularly in patients with hepatitis B.

Non-Primary Liver Cancer

Cancers from other parts of the body such as colon cancer can spread to the liver, and the treatment of these non-primary cancers in the liver is different than treatment for the primary liver cancer.

Treatment of Primary Liver Cancer

Many different treatments for primary liver cancer are available, including:

  • Removing part of the liver (liver resection)
  • Liver transplantation
  • Conventional radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Treating the tumor with modern radiology-guided therapy

Liver Transplant for Liver Cancer

For certain patients with liver cancer and cirrhosis, liver transplantation is the best treatment option, provided the tumor has not invaded other organs or the main blood vessels. Other therapies to control the cancer growth while waiting for transplantation are usually needed.

The experienced physicians and staff at the Memorial Hermann Transplant Center work with patients with liver cancer to develop treatment strategies that suit each patient's specific needs. All patients are seen in a multidisciplinary liver tumor clinic and are presented in a multidisciplinary liver tumor conference so that all treatment options are discussed and the best option is chosen.

We offer all available state-of-the-art treatment options for liver cancer at the Transplant Center, allowing patients to receive the best treatment for their disease in one location.

Appointments and Referrals

For more information about liver cancer, or to schedule an appointment, call the Transplant Center (713) 704-5200 or toll-free at (800) 869-5996.