Liver cancer surgery is expertly performed by the fellowship-trained surgeons at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, only a short distance away from West Palm Beach, FL. As is true for any surgical procedure, a surgeon’s level of expertise can influence the likelihood of a successful outcome, so it’s always advisable to work with a highly experienced and trusted surgeon. In addition, liver cancer surgery presents specific challenges related to the complexity of the organ and its proximity to many major blood vessels. Because Moffitt is a high-volume cancer center, our surgeons have many opportunities to perform complex liver cancer procedures, adding to their skills and insights with every procedure completed.
Due to the unique characteristics of the liver, which is often capable of regenerating itself, liver cancer surgery is sometimes recommended to remove even very large tumors. In general, surgical removal may be possible if enough of the organ can be left intact to allow it to rebuild itself after surgery. At Moffitt, this determination is collaboratively made by a multispecialty team of cancer experts. Many patients who travel to Moffitt from areas like West Palm Beach, FL, are found to be good candidates for surgery – even some who were previously told by other physicians that their liver tumors were inoperable.
Depending on a patient’s specific needs, Moffitt’s surgeons can perform the following types of liver cancer surgery:
- Preoperative portal vein embolization – To help prepare the liver for regeneration after surgery, an interventional radiologist can reroute its blood supply to a healthy part of the organ to stimulate cell growth.
- Minimally invasive laparoscopic and robot-assisted procedures – A surgeon can remove small liver tumors through tiny incisions in the abdomen.
- Resection and lobectomy – A surgeon can remove a tumor and some surrounding tissue, or an entire liver lobe, if the tumor is small and does not involve major blood vessels.
- Liver transplant – If a donor liver with a compatible blood type is available, a liver transplant may be possible to address small, localized tumors.
Of course, traveling to another city to undergo liver cancer surgery or receive other treatments can add a host of complications to an already stressful time. To assist our patients who are traveling to Moffitt from West Palm Beach, FL, and other areas, we can recommended convenient and affordable lodging options provided by our hotel partners. With Moffitt, a cancer patient is never alone. Our supportive care specialists are available to provide a variety of services, and we encourage our patients to ask for help whenever they need it.