Liver cancer surgery techniques have advanced significantly in recent years. Patients from Fort Myers and Naples, Florida, have access to the latest innovations at Moffitt Cancer Center in nearby Tampa. Moffitt is a high-volume cancer center with one of the most extensive liver cancer treatment programs in the nation, and we have an unsurpassed reputation for providing comprehensive, multispecialty treatment.
Liver cancer surgery requires a highly refined approach, mainly because many major blood vessels pass through or behind the organ. Moffitt’s experienced tumor board carefully evaluates each patient to determine if surgery is appropriate and, if so, recommend the optimal technique. Patients from Fort Myers, Naples, and the surrounding FL areas can feel confident in our specialists, and also benefit from multiple expert opinions in one location. In short, it’s worthwhile to travel to Moffitt.
Depending on a patient’s specific needs, Moffitt’s surgeons may perform any of the following types of liver cancer surgery:
- Preoperative portal vein embolization – An interventional radiologist redirects the liver’s blood supply to a healthy section of the organ to promote cell growth before surgery (and liver regeneration afterward).
- Minimally invasive (keyhole) procedures – A surgeon performs laparoscopic liver cancer surgery through tiny incisions to remove small tumors that are confined to one area.
- Partial hepatectomy – A surgeon removes small tumors that do not involve major blood vessels (an entire lobe of the liver may be removed).
- Liver transplantation – A surgeon removes the entire liver and replaces it with an organ donated by another person whose blood type matches that of the patient.
At Moffitt, we continue to provide support for our patients long after their liver cancer surgery is completed. Our multispecialty team includes supportive care providers, such as dietitians, counselors, and rehabilitation specialists, who collaboratively monitor each patient’s progress to detect and address any quality of life issues related to treatment. Among other things, we can help with symptom management, dietary changes and lifestyle adjustments.
If you’d like to explore your liver cancer surgery and other treatment options at Moffitt, but the prospect of having to travel from Fort Myers or Naples, FL, is making you hesitate, we can help ease the burdens of being away from home. We can recommend convenient and affordable lodging options through our partner hotels, allowing you and your family to stay close to Moffitt while you receive treatment.