Liver cancer treatment has evolved over the last 20 years and there is increased hope for patients who are diagnosed with liver cancer. The possible benefits of treatment must be balanced with the risk of liver failure and how it will affect a patient’s quality of life.

Dr Brian Stedman (above), Consultant Interventional Oncologist, University Hospital Southampton & Spire Southampton Hospital explains the range of treatment options available to patients presenting with liver cancer.

Who are the doctors involved in my treatment decision?

Depending on the stage and type of cancer treatment, you may need to see several different cancer specialists.

As outlined by Dr Brian Stedman, cancer can be treated with medicine, radiation or with surgery. Each of these treatments may be handled by a different specialist.

The main type of doctor you are likely to encounter include.

Medical oncologist

Medical Oncologist This is the cancer specialist you’ll probably see most often. Usually your oncologist will oversee your general care and coordinate treatments with other specialists. Your oncologist will also be in charge of chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and immunotherapy. You’ll likely visit your medical oncologist for long-term, regular check-ups.

Radiation oncologistRadiation Oncologist

This cancer specialist treats cancer with radiation therapy.

Surgical oncologist

Surgical Oncologist This is a surgeon who has special training in treating cancer. Your surgical oncologist may be called in to diagnose cancer with a biopsy. Surgical oncologists also treat cancer by removing tumours or other cancerous tissue.

Interventional oncologist

Medical Oncologist Interventional oncology is an emerging field in cancer care that is intended to complement existing treatment methods using image-guided technology to directly target solid tumours.

Interventional radiologistInterventional Oncologist

also referred to as Surgical Radiology it is an independent medical specialty, which was a sub-specialty of radiology until recently, which uses minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system.

Note: Depending on your case, you may also need to see other types of doctors for special cancer care such as a general surgeon, plastic surgeon, or psychiatrist.11