Liver Cancer Program

Liver Cancer Program

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The Liver Cancer Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi offers state-of-the-art facilities and medical care to patients with liver cancer, through a multidisciplinary team of experienced health care professionals, who are leaders in the field of hepatic oncology. Using the most sophisticated diagnostic testing and imaging, and with advanced endoscopic and interventional radiology support, and the latest robotic and minimally invasive surgical options, our team work together to provide an individualized care plan for each patient.

For patients who require a transplant following a diagnosis with liver cancer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Transplant Center offers local, trusted and experienced care. As the UAE’s first and only multi-organ transplant center, our facility performs cutting-edge, life-changing surgeries. Patients receive compassionate care and extended support and counseling to ensure the most successful medical outcome is achieved.

Liver Cancer Program
  • Why Choose Us?
  • What We Treat
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Prevention & Screening
  • Program Caregivers

Why Choose Us?

We take a truly multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, close to home. Our entire team, including hepatologists, oncologists, radiologists, liver and transplant surgeons, and specialized nurse coordinators, work together to treat patients with cancerous liver tumors, benign liver tumors, cirrhosis of the liver and more.  

Our multidisciplinary approach brings together a team of experts to provide coordinated and exceptional patient care to those diagnosed with liver cancer. The team meets regularly as a multidisciplinary tumor board to discuss each patient and ensure the best treatment options are considered for each individual.      

The team work closely with the Cleveland Clinic US’s liver cancer program to develop the most appropriate treatment plan, to ensure the best possible outcome for each patient.

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What We Treat

The Liver Cancer Program treats the following types of liver cancer: 

  • Primary Malignant Tumors 
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma 
  • Cholangiocarcinoma 
  • Gallbladder cancer 
  • Cystadenocarcinoma 
  • Secondary Malignant Tumors 
  • Colorectal metastatic liver disease 
  • Neuroendocrine tumors 
  • Metastatic liver disease  
  • All other metastatic hepatic diseases  
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Symptoms, Causes & Risk Factors

Symptoms of Liver Cancer

In the early stages, liver cancer often has no symptoms. If the liver becomes swollen, you may notice the following symptoms: 

  • A lump below the rib cage  
  • Pain in the abdomen (right side) 
  • Pain near the right shoulder 
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) 
  • Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite 
  • Nausea  
  • Bloating 
  • Tiredness 
  • Dark-colored urine 

Causes & Risk Factors of Liver Cancer

In most cases, the cause of liver cancer is not known. Diseases such as hepatitis can cause liver cancer. Cirrhosis of the liver may also increase your risk of developing liver cancer.

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Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis of Liver Cancer  

Your doctor may suspect liver cancer if they find lumps and other symptoms during a physical examination. They will then order other tests, which might include: 

  • Blood tests: In people with liver cancer, cirrhosis, and hepatitis, a substance called alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) shows up in higher levels and is considered a tumor marker.  
  • Ultrasound: This shows images of your liver. 
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scan: A detailed type of X-ray. 
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Gives very clear images of inside the body. 
  • Angiogram: A dye is injected into an artery to show any tumors in the liver. 
  • Laparoscopy: A thin tube with a light lets the doctor see the liver and other organs inside the stomach. 
  • Biopsy: A small piece of tissue is removed and studied under a microscope.  

Treatment of Liver Cancer

How liver cancer is treated will depend on certain things, including your general health and the stage of your cancer (how much it has spread). 

Surgical treatments: 

  • Partial hepatectomy: Involves removing part of the liver. 
  • Total hepatectomy and liver transplant: Removing the entire liver and replacing it with one from a donor. 

Other treatment options include: 

  • Ablation therapy: This destroys tumors in the liver without removing them.  
  • Chemotherapy: Using drugs to kill cancer cells or to stop them from multiplying.  
  • Targeted therapy: Using drugs that target the cancer cells.  
  • Immunotherapy: Using drugs that use the body’s own immune system to kill cancer cells.  
  • Loco-regional therapy: Injecting radioactive beads into the blood vessel which is feeding the tumor (radioembolization).  
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Prevention & Screening

Although liver cancer can’t be prevented, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing the disease, including: 

  • Avoid alcohol to prevent cirrhosis 
  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight to prevent nonalcoholic fatty liver disease 
  • Avoid hepatitis by taking the vaccine (hepatitis A and B) 
  • Be aware of the risk factors for contracting hepatitis C. 

Talk to your doctor about liver cancer screening if you have any type of liver disease, drink alcohol, have diabetes or are overweight.  

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Program Caregivers

Caregivers supporting the Liver Cancer Program include:

  • Hepatologists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Radiologists
  • Oncologists
  • Liver Surgeons
  • Transplant Surgeons
  • Interventional Radiologists
  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Advanced Endoscopists
  • Specialized Nurse Coordinators.
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