Your Treatment Team for Liver Cancer
Primary liver cancer is also called hepatocellular carcinoma. But most of the time, liver cancer is considered a metastatic disease. This means the cancer first developed in another part of the body and spread to the liver.
The Liver Tumor Team offers a high-volume surgical service with the latest surgical procedures for the treatment of cancers of the liver, including liver resection, resection of primary and metastatic liver tumors and radiofrequency liver tumor ablation, which uses heat to destroy the cancer cells.
Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses therapeutic drugs to kill or slow tumor growth and prevent recurrence. It is often prescribed in addition to surgery or radiation therapy. Chemotherapy can be taken by mouth or injected into a vein or muscle. In addition to oral and systemic chemotherapy, the Liver Tumor Team performs targeted drug therapy, vaccine therapy, hepatic artery infusion chemotherapy and chemoembolization for recurrent cancer that has metastasized. Chemoembolization is a procedure in which the therapeutic drug is injected directly into the blood vessel leading to the tumor, followed by placement of a substance that traps the chemotherapy in the malignant growth and blocks further blood flow.
Radiation Therapy uses a type of high-energy X-ray to kill cancer cells. It is often combined with surgery or chemotherapy to prevent recurrence of the cancer. Radiation is also used when surgery is not an option because the cancer is too far advanced. The Liver Tumor Team offers brachytherapy and neoadjuvant radiation therapy, as well as the latest high-tech, extremely precise radiation techniques such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy and Novalis Radiosurgery.
The Liver Tumor Team offers several innovative interventional radiology techniques, including Hepatic artery embolization, a procedure that blocks the blood supply to the tumor, and percutaneous radioblation, a minimally invasive treatment that applies heat directly to the tumor to kill the cancer cells.
Clinical Research Trials
Moffitt’s GI Tumor Program supports landmark research in drug discovery, surgery, molecular therapy, immune therapy, endoscopy, risk assessment and detection. Breakthrough discoveries in the lab become early stage translational research studies and then patient clinical trials. Moffitt is known for its cutting-edge research in personalized medicine, which designs targeted treatments that improve patient outcomes, reduce side effects and prevent disease recurrence.
Treatment for Pain
Moffitt Cancer Center offers extensive pain and palliative care services. Your Liver Tumor Team will address both pain management and symptom management to help improve your quality of life. Pain-relieving medications and minimally invasive procedures can help reduce chronic or acute pain. In addition, Moffitt’s Integrative Medicine service offers a number of complementary modalities, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, imagery and relaxation techniques that can help control pain and offer a greater sense of well-being.