Additional Liver Conditions We Treat

The Liver Cancer Program offers the most advanced treatments for a range of liver diseases. Our multidisciplinary team provides comprehensive care for conditions that include the following:

  • Cholangiocarcinoma (Bile Duct Cancer) and Gallbladder Cancer: The liver produces bile, a digestive juice that is carried to the intestine by a system of passages called bile ducts, which come together just outside the liver to form the common duct. The gallbladder is a pouch off of the side of the common duct where bile is stored between meals. Cancers called cholangiocarcinoma can develop at any point along the path of the bile ducts. Cholangiocarcinoma and gallbladder cancer are among the most challenging tumors for liver surgeons because they are often large and involve nearby blood vessels, and may require new connections to be made between the intestine and the bile ducts in the liver.

  • Metastatic Liver Tumors: The liver is like a filter for the blood, and it is a common site to which all different types of cancer can spread. Because of the liver’s special role in processing nutrients from the food we eat, all of the blood that drains from our abdominal organs passes through the liver before returning to the heart. Therefore, unlike common cancers like breast or lung cancer in which the liver may be one of many sites of spread, cancers that start in abdominal organs, most notably the colon, may spread to the liver yet be contained there so that cure by surgery is still possible.