The complexity of liver disease requires the input from various experts skilled in different medical specialties. At the Johns Hopkins Medicine Liver Tumor Center, our staff is comprised of physicians from the departments of:
- Interventional Radiology
- Radiation Oncology
Together they work alongside a team of specialized nurses, social workers, and genetic counselors. We are dedicated to the management and cure of:
- liver cancer
- colon / rectal cancer that has spread to the liver
- neuroendocrine / carcinoid tumors that have spread to the liver
- gallbladder cancer
- bile duct cancer
Our specialists hold a weekly clinic, on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Appointments are required.
Dr. Pawlik and Suzanne Smallwood-Massey coordinate the weekly multidisciplinary clinic
Patients who are likely to benefit from the clinic are those who are newly diagnosed or suspected to have liver cancer or other cancers (most commonly colon, rectal, neuroendocrine, carcinoid) that have spread to the liver. Also, patients with symptomatic benign lesions of the liver, such as cysts or hemangiomas, would also benefit from the clinic evaluation.
Patients who will be seen in the clinic may have:
• had no previous treatment (including chemotherapy)
• had previous chemotherapy but now are seeking consultation regarding possible surgical or regional therapy
• involvement of very limited organs outside the liver (most commonly the lung)
• already been given a treatment plan but are seeking a multidisciplinary second opinion
• liver cancer and are possible candidates for transplantation
Patients who have metastatic cancer that involves both the liver and organs outside the liver may not be ideal candidates for the Liver Tumor Multidisciplinary Clinic because they need to be seen by a chemotherapy specialist. In this case, you may be a candidate for a clinical trial. Most clinical trials require you to stay in Baltimore, Maryland during the treatment. For more information visit the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Liver Tumor Center multidisciplinary team reviews cases weekly
Our experts collaborate to deliver outstanding care in a committed and caring environment. When a patient is seen at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Liver Tumor Center, they not only receive outstanding care from their individual physician, but they also have the consensus opinion, clinical support, and resources that are provided by the entire Johns Hopkins Medicine liver team. We find that this team approach to treatment improves communication across disciplines, which in turn improves the speed and quality of the patient's treatment.
The Johns Hopkins Medicine Liver Tumor Center team meets weekly to discuss every diagnosis. They then develop a coordinated approach that ensures the best possible treatment and outcome for each patient.
We believe patients are an integral part of the treatment process, and that the patient-professional partnership assures the best care. We encourage patients to take an active part in their recovery.