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Liver Cancer


Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center experts at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., have vast expertise in managing all types of liver tumors. Our specialists are part of one of the leading programs in the world, seeing a high number of patients and providing some of the most advanced practices in the treatment of both primary liver cancer, and other cancers that have spread to the liver.

Our Multidisciplinary Approach

Our fellowship-trained medical and radiation oncologists, and surgeons, as well as nurses, radiologists, hepatologists, and other caregivers, work together to support each patient’s experience. New patients can meet with several specialists during a weekly multidisciplinary clinic. Our experts also participate in tumor board conferences to discuss patient cases with additional experts at our East Baltimore campus. Each patient participates in forming an individualized care plan that maximizes the opportunity for a successful outcome. Patients also have access to innovative clinical trials.


Novel Treatment Options

Our liver cancer experts offer a range of treatment options, including immunotherapy, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, as well as novel treatments through clinical trials. While surgery generally is the treatment of choice, not all tumors are operable. Chemotherapy/immunotherapy or radiation may be provided either before or after surgery.

In some cases, a team of interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists works together to perform procedures such as chemoembolization, which delivers chemotherapy to a tumor site while its blood supply is interrupted. Radiofrequency ablation also may be used to employ heat to destroy tumors.

Some cancers may benefit from proton therapy, which uses high energy beams to deliver radiation. The Johns Hopkins Proton Therapy Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital is one of the largest and most advanced centers in the U.S., with three treatment rooms and advanced pencil beam technology to “paint” tumors with cancer cell-killing proton energy layer by layer, sparing surrounding tissues and vital organs.

Patients can receive nearly all of their care at locations within the greater Washington region.

Kelly Lafaro, M.D., M.P.H.

Meet surgical oncologist Kelly Lafaro, M.D., M.P.H. as she discusses her role as a surgical oncologist, her research and clinical expertise.


Locations in the D.C. Region

Patients can receive all of their care at locations within the greater Washington region.

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