Advanced liver cancer program in San Antonio
Methodist Healthcare’s Liver and Biliary Cancer Center provides personalized services for liver, pancreas and biliary cancers, which while they are relatively rare, are aggressive and generally associated with poor outcomes. Most patients require multidisciplinary specialty care for successful treatment with emphasis on aggressive surgical care. Highly-specialized surgical options can offer the possibility of a cure for these types of malignancies. Our approach combines compassionate patient care with advanced treatment options provided by highly-trained specialists to manage all aspects of diagnosis, treatment and follow up under one roof.
To learn more about our Liver Cancer Center, call (210) 575-8110.
Types of liver cancer
Liver cancer is the fifth-highest cause of death for men. In addition, South Texas has the highest incidence of liver cancer in the U.S. This is about 5 percent higher than the rest of the country. According to our transplant hepatologist at Methodist Healthcare, diabetes, untreated hepatitis C, drug abuse and unprofessionally applied tattoos are the major factors contributing to the higher incidence.
Liver cancer is cancer that begins in the cells of your liver. Several types of cancer can form in the liver. The most common type of liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma, which begins in the main type of liver cell (hepatocyte). Other types of liver cancer, such as intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and hepatoblastoma, are much less common.
Liver cancer risk factors
Factors that can increase your risk of developing primary liver cancer include:
- Hepatitis B or hepatitis C infections
- Cirrhosis of the liver (a progressive condition that causes scar tissue)
- Inherited liver diseases (hemochromatosis and Wilson's disease)
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- Excessive alcohol use
- Aflatoxins exposure (mold-produced poisons)
Liver cancer symptoms
In the early stages of primary liver cancer, most people don't have signs or symptoms. However, when symptoms do appear, they may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Upper abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Overall weakness and fatigue
- Abdominal swelling
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
- White, chalky stool
Liver cancer treatment
- Liver resection and transplantation
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Radioembolization (a combination of radiation therapy and embolization)
- Hepatobiliary surgery
Also located within Methodist Hospital Specialty and Transplant is our San Antonio Liver Disease and Transplant Clinic. This clinic offers treatments for:
- Hepatitis C
- Liver failure management
- Liver cancer prevention
- Chronic liver disease research
Liver cancer nurse navigator
A liver cancer nurse navigator is a healthcare professional with specialized education in oncology who is dedicated to working with a multidisciplinary team involved in the patient's cancer care. The navigator helps support the patient and the family through the many challenges of liver cancer, serving as a personal guide along the road to recovery.
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
Methodist Healthcare is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (210) 507-0941 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.