This page gives you information about the team that treat Liver Cancer.
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We provide rapid liver cancer diagnosis and expert treatment. We understand that this can be a troubling time for you. Therefore, throughout your appointments with us, you’ll be assigned a specialist nurse who will be with you throughout your treatment journey, from your first clinic appointment to aftercare. The nurse will help you with any problems or questions you may have.
Specialists from different medical areas meet weekly. This is called a multi-disciplinary team meeting (MDT) and is central to the way we work. The MDT advise, support and create treatment plans that are personalised for every patient.
Types of liver cancer
Your doctor will refer you to the hospital for further investigation if liver cancer is suspected. We will see you within two weeks of the doctor’s referral. You’ll meet a range of liver cancer experts at the clinic including:
Symptoms for liver cancer usually become obvious when it has reached an advanced stage. Early liver cancer is more difficult to detect. It is often discovered by chance through blood tests or during a routine scan of the body.
Other tests that may be performed are:
Interview and examination: you’ll be asked about your medical history and any current symptoms. Your blood may be taken again for examination. The specialist then examines you by feeling your tummy (abdomen).
Liver ultrasound scan: this uses sound waves to make a picture of your liver. A small probe that looks like a microphone is passed over your abdomen. Anything solid is bounced back to make a picture – revealing any abnormal growths.
CT scan for liver and pancreas: CT means computerised tomography. The scan uses special X-ray equipment to demonstrate your body tissues. It creates pictures from different angles around your body and also shows slices (cross-sections) of your tissue and organs.
MRI scan of liver: MRI means magnetic resonance imaging. This special scan uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce images of the liver and other organs.
Biopsy: A biopsy means removing a sample of tissue and looking at it under a microscope. It shows whether the cancer in your liver is a primary liver cancer, or whether it is a secondary cancer that has spread to your liver from somewhere else in your body.
The specialist may use an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a camera and small scanner at the tip) to look at the liver and bile ducts. This allows them to assess the stage of the cancer. We are one of the UK’s centres for teaching and performing this procedure.
Before you have a biopsy, we will check the condition of your liver to make sure it is safe for you to have it.
If these tests suggest liver cancer, you will receive a follow-up appointment at the rapid access liver clinic. Here we use tests to find out much the cancer has grown (the cancer ‘stage’).
Treatment starts as soon as possible after the cancer is discovered. It may take up to two weeks for your test results to come through. This depends on the types of tests you have at the hospital.
Planning your treatment
Your test results are discussed by the multi-disciplinary team (MDT). This is a team of doctors and health professionals who specialise in different aspects of treating liver cancer.
The MDT give advice on treatment options that would benefit you the most. Of course, you have the final decision about the type of treatment you receive.
Liver cancer treatment types
You may be asked to take part in a clinical trial. Clinical trials help us learn more about the best way to treat specific conditions. Learn more about the Clinical Research Unit by visiting the website here
Members of the MDT include:
You are assigned a specialist nurse who stays with you every step of your treatment journey. The nurse is your key-worker and is available to answer any questions you may have about your treatment.