Multidisciplinary Care for Liver Cancer
The Liver Cancer Program at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) provides comprehensive, high quality liver cancer care tailored to each patient’s needs. Our team cares for more than 200 individuals each year who have hepatocellular carcinoma and/or metastatic liver lesions.
Under the medical direction of Jennifer Guy, MD, MASOpens new window, CPMC's multidisciplinary approach brings together specialists in all areas of liver cancer treatment who collaborate on each case. This team includes hepatologists, surgeons, oncologists, interventional radiologists, allied health professionals and a liver cancer program coordinator. Treatment options available to liver cancer patients are based on the size and location of one’s tumor(s) and the underlying liver function. In addition to surgical and medical treatments, we also offer access to clinical research trials of new chemotherapy agents.
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Liver Cancer Treatments
In the five year experience of our Liver Cancer Program, our team has provided patients with the following treatments:
- Liver Transplant: 152 patients
- Surgical Resections & Ablations: 207 patients
- Chemo & Radio-Embolizations: 680 patients
Liver Cancer Clinic and Liver Tumor Review Board
A weekly Liver Cancer Clinic offers care for individuals with known or suspected liver cancer. At this clinic, patients are evaluated by a multidisciplinary team including a hepatologist, liver surgeon and oncologist, based on the individual’s cancer care needs. Our Liver Cancer Program is dedicated to providing timely access to cancer care. We emphasize close communication with referring physicians via our dedicated liver cancer program coordinator.
Our medical care is enhanced by CPMC’s liver tumor review board. This board is valuable in the treatment of liver cancer, as various medical specialists involved in a patient’s care discuss findings and weigh treatment options. As a result, the treating physician can offer patients the best treatment options available.
Our Hepatology and Gastroenterology Research Program offers new, investigational techniques for liver cancer. Our team is actively involved in clinical, basic science, and translational research, including chemotherapy clinical trialsOpens new window.
Learning about one’s liver cancer diagnosis and treatment options can provide a better understanding and preparation for patients as they move forward with their care. We offer a weekly liver cancer education class for patients and caregivers to discuss one’s liver cancer diagnosis and treatment. Topics include liver disease, cirrhosis and liver cancer. Translator services are available. Liver cancer patient education classes are available Wednesdays from 10 – 11 a.m.
To refer a patient to our Liver Cancer Clinic, clinical trials and/or patient education class, contact:
Jessica Stark, PA-C, MPH
Coordinator, Liver Cancer Program
Referral Fax. 415-558-7051
(Please send pertinent patient records with attn to: Liver Cancer Program)
We believe in creating a supportive environment for patients so that individuals with cancer can live longer, healthier lives. We work closely with CPMC’s support programs to provide patient care coordination.
Cancer Care Navigation Service
- Patient education
- Supportive services referrals (counseling, genetic assessment, integrative therapies, etc.)
- Appointment coordination (referrals, lodging, etc.)
- Nutritional counseling
- Patient education
- Social services
- Integrative medicine assessment
- Therapeutic massage and bodywork
- Guided imagery and psychotherapy
- Pain management
Monthly liver cancer support groups provide patients, family members and caregivers the opportunity to share their experience in an open and accepting environment. Support groups are available:
Liver Cancer Support Group:
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 2-3:30pm
GI Cancer Networking Group:
(for liver cancer and other GI cancers)
Every 4th Tuesday of the month from 1-2 pm
Support Group Location:
Bryan Hemming Cancer Care Center
2351 Clay Street, Deikel Room #137
About California Pacific Medical Center
California Pacific Medical Center, part of the Sutter HealthOpens new window network, offers specialized care in liver disease and liver transplant. Our program is based in San Francisco and has outreach locations throughout Northern California and Nevada.
Liver Cancer Program
Medical Director: Jennifer Guy, MD, MASOpens new window
Coordinator: Jessica Stark, PA-C, MPH