Outstanding cancer care requires an unparalleled team. Our specialists in medical oncology, chemotherapy, radiation medicine, pathology and radiology all work together to deliver the most effective treatments.

Ablation involves removing or destroying cancerous tissue. There are several forms, including radiofrequency waves to target a tumor.

This common cancer treatment uses medications to kill or stop the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy can be oral (in pill form), injected, intravenous (delivered by infusion) or applied to the skin.

This therapy blocks or decreases blood flow to a tumor. The tumor dies while the healthy part of the liver remains intact.

Transplanting a healthy liver may be considered if the liver is too damaged or cancer is present only in the liver. This option is rare and receiving a transplant organ is often a slow process.

External radiation therapy used to treat liver cancer involves a machine outside the body sending X-ray waves to kill cancer cells and prevent their growth. Learn more by visiting our Radiation Oncology website for an overview of services.

A surgical oncologist may remove part of the liver to prevent cancer’s spread. Remaining liver tissue can take over any lost function and may grow back.

The liver cancer team at Markey specializes in the following treatments:

  • Interventional radiologic and endoscopic palliation of biliary obstruction
  • Laparoscopic cancer staging
  • Laparoscopic liver resections
  • Liver-directed chemotherapy
  • Liver resections
  • Liver transplantation
  • Radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors
  • Systemic chemotherapy
  • Targeted radiotherapy
Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.

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