Expert Diagnosis is Key!
Comprehensive evaluation with accurate diagnosis is the foundation for
achieving highly successful outcomes. That’s why it’s important
to seek care from a center that provides academic level care from a multidisciplinary,
specialized team of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgeons experienced
in the accurate diagnosis of primary and secondary liver cancer, as well
as other complex digestive diseases.
Beginning with a thorough evaluation that includes a comprehensive physical
exam, personal medical history review and state-of-the-art diagnostic workup,
Hoag’s multidisciplinary team of board-certified, fellowship trained gastrointestinal experts carefully
evaluate and pinpoint the nature of the cancer, so the most appropriate
personalized treatment options can be employed.
Hoag’s state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies provide our team
with the latest modalities in the accurate diagnosis of primary and secondary
liver cancer and other disorders. Some of the progressive imaging studies
that may be utilized include:
Blood tests are used to determine whether certain substances are being released into
the blood by organs, tissues or tumor cells, as well as to check liver function.
Ultrasound utilizes sound waves to examine the liver, spleen and other organs in
order to determine if any masses exist.
Computed Tomography (CT) utilizes state-of-the-art x-rays to help determine the extent of the cancer
and whether it involves the surrounding organs.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test that uses magnetic waves to create detailed pictures of structures
inside the body. It is also very helpful to distinguish between benign
and malignant lesions.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is used to identify malignant cells even before an actual lesion (lump)
can be detected in a physical exam, or on a CT or MRI scan.
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to examine internal organs
by direct visualization. During the procedure, the surgeon can inspect
the abdominal organs and insert other instruments to take tissue samples
for a biopsy.
Biopsy is performed to definitively diagnose cancer, and may involve other methods
outside of laparoscopic biopsy.
It’s important to note that both primary and secondary liver cancer
is often difficult to diagnose because:
- Early liver disease often shows no symptoms.
- Symptoms often mimic those of other gastrointestinal conditions.
That’s why it’s so important to seek proper evaluation and
treatment from a healthcare expert experienced in the most advanced hepatobiliary
and pancreatic care.
Innovative Treatment for Metastatic Liver Cancer
When it comes to liver cancer and other gastrointestinal diseases,
Hoag Digestive Disease Center, in alliance with USC Norris Comprehensive
Cancer Center, provides a full array of progressive treatment options. As a recognized
leader and high-volume provider of innovative gastrointestinal care, Hoag’s
multidisciplinary team of hepatobiliary and pancreatic experts performs
some of the most advanced gastrointestinal procedures available in the
nation with clinical outcomes that rival national figures.
Expert Care You Can Trust!
The Hoag Digestive Disease Center, in alliance with USC Norris Comprehensive
Cancer Center, continues to lead the way in complex gastrointestinal care, providing
access to a highly specialized surgical team that works collaboratively
with Hoag-affiliated GI and medical oncology specialists to provide academic-level
care. Hoag’s committed to
accurate diagnosis, combined with
progressive therapeutic options enables Hoag patients to achieve some of the highest clinical outcomes
in the nation.
To schedule a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, or a second-opinion
consultation with a Hoag gastrointestinal expert, visit
Meet the Team, or call us at: 949-764-5350.