Multimodality Approach for Treating Liver Cancer
At the UPMC Liver Cancer Center, our treatment philosophy is based on a multimodality approach. This means that we customarily explore more than one form of therapy to treat liver tumors.
For example, a patient with a large, inoperable liver tumor may initially receive regional therapy to the liver with transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) or internal radiation (yttrium-90).
The goal of this regional therapy is to reduce the size of the liver tumor so that surgeons can remove it.
Deciding on a Treatment Approach That's Best for You
Each week, UPMC Liver Cancer Center specialists review many patients' clinical presentations — such as liver biopsies and CT scans — and decide on the most appropriate approach for treatment. After which, a liver cancer nurse contacts each patient to arrange for treatment.
Clinical programs represented at this weekly conference include:
- Liver surgery
- Liver oncology
- Liver pathology
- Liver radiology
- Liver nursing