Liver Cancer

Liver cancer is cancer of the liver, the organ that filters the blood circulating through the body, helps the body digest food, stores energy and remove toxins and poisons from the blood. The liver is the largest organ in the human body. There are two types of liver cancer: primary, which starts in the liver; and metastatic, in which cancer begins somewhere else in the body and spreads to the liver. Risk factors for primary liver cancer include hepatitis B and C (bloodborne diseases caused by viruses), heavy alcohol use, scarring of the liver, obesity, and diabetes.



Patients who choose UAB Medicine for their gastrointestinal cancer care will benefit from a pacesetting team of specialists, state-of-the-art technology, and some treatments not available at other medical centers. We have an outstanding team of surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and gastroenterologists, and by coming to the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, you may be eligible for cutting-edge medications and treatments through a clinical trial. We employ a unique multidisciplinary approach to identifying and treating both pre-cancerous lesions of the pancreas and individuals who are at a higher risk of pancreatic cancer, in the hope of avoiding the development of cancers in the future.

A GI cancer diagnosis can produce a high level of stress for patients, so we provide a nurse navigator to help organize your visit. The program streamlines your introduction to UAB Medicine by arranging for your medical records, setting your appointments, and guiding you throughout the process. This allows your treatment team to deliver more efficient care.






UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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