New Information about Diagnosing and Treating Liver Cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering

By Andrea Peirce,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pictured: William Jarnagin

Thanks to recent treatment advances, many people diagnosed with liver cancer today can expect to survive the disease. But experience counts.

Thanks to recent treatment advances, many people diagnosed with liver cancer today can expect to survive the disease. But experience counts. Each year, our surgeons perform hundreds of procedures to remove liver tumors, in many cases using minimally invasive approaches (laparoscopy and robotics) and image-guidance systems that improve the chances for a faster recovery. We also routinely offer treatment to people whose tumors are considered inoperable at other hospitals.

Learn more about Memorial Sloan Kettering’s approach to surgery for liver cancer, and other aspects of our approach to care in our newly updated guide to liver cancer . Information on how we diagnose and stage the cancer is available, as well as ways to prevent liver cancer or be screened for it if you are at high risk.

Specialized Care

Our expert multidisciplinary team offers comprehensive, personalized care that will give you the best chance to cure or control your illness. These specialists meet weekly to review cases, bringing a range of clinical perspectives and experiences to the development of a treatment for each person.

Many of our patients are offered participation in our clinical trials program exploring new and innovative treatments. This program is one of the largest in the country, and we are one of the few facilities experienced in treating rare forms of liver cancer such as fibrolamellar-hepatocellular carcinoma.

As a comprehensive cancer center we also understand that fighting cancer and coping with the aftereffects of treatment can be overwhelming. Our experts are skilled in identifying and managing symptoms and complications, and we offer a variety of survivorship support services to help you and your loved ones cope with the emotional and logistical concerns of being treated for liver cancer.


Dear Sir
Hello and hope you are fine.
I would be very appreciate if your site explain procedure of liver cancer and show movie about hepatectomy.
Thnka a billion in advance

Dear Mehrnaz, for more information about liver cancer and treatment, you may visit our liver cancer guide at or visit the liver cancer information available on the National Cancer Institute's website at

You may also be interested in our upcoming CancerSmart event, "Innovation and Hope: Our Liver Cancer Experts Discuss the Latest Treatment Options," which will be held on May 20. For more information and to register, go to:…. If you are unable to attend, a video of the presentation will be made available at a later date on this page of our website:

Thank you for your comment.

How is the cancer kept from spreading using this type surgery

Dear Alice, thanks so much for your question, but can you clarify? Which type of surgery do you mean?

You can read more about surgery for liver cancer here: If you'd like to make an appointment with a Memorial Sloan Kettering doctor, you can call 800-525-2225.

Lapascoptic surgery

Alice, laparoscopic surgery often results in fewer complications and swifter recovery, but its appropriateness depends on the specific case. Our Physician Referral Service can set up an appointment for a more-personalized assessment of surgical options that may be appropriate for you. If you would like to make an appointment, please call 800-525-2225 or go to In addition, you can learn more about surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering for liver cancer at:

Thank you for your comment.

My husband has been diagnosed with inoperable HCC. The doctors are planning to start treatment with Nexavar and TheraSphere. Does MSK use these treatments?

Dear Pamela, we're sorry to hear about your husband's diagnosis. If you would like to learn more about standard protocols for treatment HCC, we recommend that you call the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service at 800-4CANCER. Thank you for your comment, and best wishes to you and your husband.

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