Liver Cancer

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The Swedish Cancer Institute offers patients with liver cancer the expertise of highly trained physicians and other cancer specialists, complemented by an integrated approach to care, leading-edge imaging and diagnostic techniques, state-of-the-art treatment options and a wide selection of quality support services.

Our multidisciplinary care teams meet regularly to share information and discuss patient cases, in order to determine the most beneficial course of care for each patient.

Swedish offers the most effective surgical techniques to treat cancer of the liver and other gastrointestinal cancers, such as cancers of the colon and pancreas.


Cancer can start within the liver (hepatocellular cancer) or spread to the liver (metastatic liver cancer) from other sites, such as the colon. Cancer that starts in the liver is among the 10 most common cancers and is more frequent among Native Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Hispanics than among Caucasians. The best hope for patients who are at risk for liver cancer is regular surveillance so that it can be found early.


Individualized treatment plans are developed by a multidisciplinary care team representing myriad treatment modalities including the involvement of the Swedish Liver Center. The Swedish Liver Center offers a comprehensive approach to liver disease, including liver cancer—and will evaluate whether a patient is a candidate for a liver transplant. Treatment plans may include:

  • Ablation
  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Radioembolization (TheraSphere®)
  • Immunotherapy and TKI (tyrosine kinase inhibitor) therapy
  • Embolization
  • Chemoembolization
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery (CyberKnife®)
  • Liver transplant

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Education and Support for Patients and Families

Beyond physical health, the Swedish Cancer Institute is committed to the emotional well-being of our patients and their families. We offer:

Complementary therapies include:

See Patient Support and Resources and Services for the Body, Mind and Spirit at Swedish.