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Your care team

  • Our liver cancer experts work as a team to support your physical and emotional needs. As a liver cancer patient, your care team may include doctors and other health care professionals.


    Your primary care provider guides your overall medical care. This is the first medical professional you should go to about any health concern.

    Medical oncologists coordinate liver cancer care through the course of the disease. They also prescribe chemotherapy and other anti-cancer drugs, as well as pain medicine.

    Hepatologists/Gastroenterologists diagnose and treat problems with the digestive system, which includes the liver. They play an important role in the evaluation of tumors and the underlying liver disease and how these direct treatment options.

    Surgeons with special training in liver surgery can remove liver tumors. Liver surgeons as part of the team also determine whether liver transplant, chemoembolization, selective internal radiation therapy or other treatment options are more appropriate.

    Interventional radiologists treat liver cancer with radiofrequency ablation, chemoembolization, percutaneous ethanol injection and selective internal radiation therapy.

    Radiologists use computed tomography (CT scan) and positronic emission tomography (PET scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound to help diagnose liver cancer.

    Pathologists work in the medical laboratory, where they examine cells, body fluids and tissue samples for cancer.

    Radiation oncologists stop the growth of cancer cells with radiation therapy.

    Other liver cancer care team members

    Cancer care coordinators meet with patients and their families to provide support and help them navigate the medical system. The same cancer care coordinator can support a patient from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up.

    Genetic counselors address concerns about inheriting liver disease and cancer.

    Healing coaches offer support, information and referrals for complementary therapies. While bridging the worlds of mainstream and alternative medicine, they can help address concerns and feelings raised by cancer.

  • Cancer care is much more than treating a disease.

    This video covers care coordination, one of the essential components of cancer care at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute.

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