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Conditions We Treat: Liver Cancer

Using radiation therapy to treat liver cancer is an emerging area of cancer treatment. It may be used to treat liver cancer in patients who are not eligible for surgery or a transplant. Backed by extensive experience in radiation therapy for abdominal and gastrointestinal cancers, Johns Hopkins radiation oncologists use the most effective form of external beam radiation to improve outcomes for liver cancer patients with limited treatment options.

Liver Cancer: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

  • Our radiation oncologists use stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), a form of external beam radiation, to treat liver cancer patients who are not eligible for surgery or a transplant. While the use of SBRT to treat liver cancer is still under investigation at a national level, most radiation oncologists consider it to be the most effective method of radiation for liver cancer. Multiple studies, including a recent clinical trial, support this strategy. NRG Oncology, a leading nonprofit clinical research organization, is using SBRT as the preferred technique to study the efficacy of liver cancer radiation.
  • Our radiation oncologists have extensive experience using SBRT in the treatment of abdominal and gastrointestinal cancers. Our experience and expertise in using radiation to treat pancreatic cancer, in particular, is helping us elevate the standard of care for patients with liver cancer.
  • Johns Hopkins researchers are continuing to study the effectiveness of SBRT in the treatment of liver cancer to provide additional clinical support for its safety and efficacy.
  • Our Liver Tumor Multidisciplinary Clinic allows patients to consult various experts, including radiation oncologists, who are skilled in diagnosing and treating liver cancer.
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Our Team of Liver Cancer Specialists

Our radiation oncologists specialize in treating liver cancer with the latest radiation technology.

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Croog, Victoria Jane, M.D.

Department of Radiation Oncology, Sibley Memorial Hospital
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Brain Cancer, Brain Metastases, Breast Cancer, CNS Autoimmune/Inflammatory Disorders, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Gynecologic Cancers, Primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma, Radiation Oncology, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy
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Greco, Stephen C, M.D.

Clinical Director, The Kimmel Cancer Center Radiation Oncology at Suburban Hospital
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Liver Cancer, Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Radiation Oncology
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Narang, Amol Kumar, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Anal Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Gastric Cancer, Hepatocellular Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Radiation Oncology

Our Liver Cancer Treatments

  • Our radiation oncologists use SBRT to deliver very high doses of focused radiation to liver tumors while avoiding healthy liver tissue. In addition to SBRT, our radiation oncologists may use the following forms of external beam radiation:
  • Another radiation approach that can be used involves placing radioactive glass beads in the liver tumor’s blood supply. Because they are placed directly into the artery that feeds the tumor, this form of treatment minimizes radiation exposure to healthy liver tissue.

Our Research

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  • Our researchers are checking to see if using SBRT before chemotherapy (sorafenib) helps improve patient outcomes.
  • Our researchers are also exploring the use of SBRT as a noninvasive way to treat cancer that has spread to the liver, a common location for metastatic cancer.

Our Locations

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Johns Hopkins offers several convenient locations throughout the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region that provide radiation therapy for liver cancer.

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center – Bethesda 

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