Liver Cancer Overview

Advanced Treatment

Liver cancer happens when cancer (malignant) cells form in the liver and create tumors. Primary liver cancer – which starts in the liver – is uncommon in the United States. Secondary liver cancer – which spreads from another part of the body – is much more common. It is treated based on the location from which it began. The information below addresses primary liver cancer only.

The liver is located in the upper right side of the abdomen. It is one of the largest organs in the body. It performs several vital functions:

  • Helps your body process and absorb nutrients in food
  • Produces proteins to help the blood clot
  • Stores glycogen (sugar) that the body uses for energy
  • Helps your body filter and remove harmful substances

Several types of cancer can form in the liver. They have different causes, treatments and prognosis for recovery. The liver cancer specialists at The University of Kansas Cancer Center are leaders in the field. Working as a team, they will provide you with the latest advances in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and resources.

Why You Should Choose The University of Kansas Cancer Center


If you have liver cancer, you will find the leading specialists you need at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. We have an interdisciplinary team of board-certified doctors. It includes doctors who specialize in:

  • Liver disease (hepatologists)
  • Liver surgery (hepatobiliary surgeons)
  • Cancer (medical oncologists)
  • Radiation therapy (radiation oncologists)
  • Using imaging to deliver treatment (interventional radiologists)

They have years of experience treating hundreds of patients with liver cancer.

Academic Approach

Because we are an academic center, we offer some of the region's most advanced cancer treatments. We are constantly finding new treatments to improve lives. We use state-of-the-art techniques and technologies to improve patient outcomes and reduce side effects. We also use the latest findings in cancer research. Among the treatment options we incorporate are new-generation targeted chemotherapy, minimally invasive precision surgery, liver transplants, chemo embolization, radiofrequency ablation and TheraSphere therapy.


Our staff also are accustomed to working with community health care providers. In many cases, you can receive some of your treatment near your own home in coordination with the staff at The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

Care Coordination

Each person is unique, so we tailor your care to your personal needs. This means doctors, nurses and other staff work closely together to develop the treatment plan that best fits your needs. They discuss every patient’s treatment as a team to stay up to date on your care and progress.

Clinical Trials

We are part of many national clinical trials on cancer treatment. So, you benefit from our staff’s exposure to the latest options. You also may be able to take part in a clinical trial for liver cancer during your treatment.

To Make an Appointment:
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24 hour appointment

The University of Kansas Cancer Center offers patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer the opportunity to see a physician within 24 hours of contacting us. Click here to learn more.