For individuals in Orlando, Florida, who are considering liver cancer surgery, outstanding treatment options are available relatively close to home at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Our multispecialty team of experts takes an innovative approach toward the treatment of liver tumors, and our researchers and clinicians are continually developing new and better surgical techniques. As a result, our patients consistently experience outcomes that exceed the national average, as well as an enhanced quality of life. All of this translates to extensive experience and refined skills for our surgeons.
The liver is unique in that, unlike any other organ in the body, it is capable of regenerating itself (to a certain extent). For instance, in some cases, a liver can offset the surgical removal of up to 80 percent of its mass by rebuilding itself over the course of several weeks. This distinctive characteristic, when combined with Moffitt’s high level of surgical expertise, makes liver cancer surgery a source of hope to many patients from Orlando, FL, and beyond.
Some specific types of liver cancer surgery performed by the surgeons at Moffitt include:
- Preoperative portal vein embolization – To stimulate the growth of healthy cells prior to a procedure to remove a tumor, an interventional radiologist can redirect the blood supply to the liver to a part that is unaffected by cancer.
- Minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures – After creating a few small incisions in the abdomen, a surgeon can use specialized surgical instruments to remove small tumors that are concentrated in one area of the liver.
- Resection and lobectomy – Small liver tumors that do not involve major blood vessels may be removed along with some surrounding healthy tissue or an entire lobe of the liver.
- Liver transplant – A liver transplant may be an option for treating small, localized tumors if a liver is available from a donor whose blood type is compatible with the patient’s.
At Moffitt, we understand that undergoing liver cancer surgery and other treatments can be challenging for a patient. Having to address a number of logistical considerations associated with being away from home, such as arranging transportation, finding affordable lodging, scheduling appointments and finding comfort in an unfamiliar city, can potentially add to those challenges. To make the experience a little easier, Moffitt’s supportive care specialists are available to provide a variety of complementary services. We can also recommend nearby hotels that meet our high standards and offer discounted rates to our patients.