Liver

Liver cancer, also known as Primary Liver cancer, may also be called Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or Hepatoma, is the most common type of Liver cancer.  There are cancers which start in another part of your body and spread, or metastasise, to your Liver but Liver cancer starts in your Liver and that is why it will often be referred to as Primary Liver cancer.

If you have recently been told you have or are suspected of having Primary Liver cancer you will have already met some of the people involved in your care. These health professionals work within a team, known as a specialist Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) which is based at the NNUH. The members of the Primary Liver Cancer MDT are experts at treating and managing cancer.  They are involved with your investigations, diagnosis and treatment.

 If your health care team suggest surgery as an option, this service is offered and managed by our highly trained experts at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. Please click on the link to the Addenbrookes Hospital Gastroenterology ward here.

Conditions Treated

  • Primary Liver Cancer, also known as Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or Hepatoma.

Your health care team will discuss possible treatments for your cancer.  These may be one or a combination of treatments including Radiotherapy, Surgery, Chemotherapy, or therapies that use heat or microwaves to treat your cancer.

Staff

Liver Cancer Consultants 
Gastroenterologists/Hepatologist
 
Dr Syed Alam
Dr Carl Hammond

 

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Georgi Rutherford

If you would like to speak to the team, please contact the Clinical Nurse Specialist on 01603 288846.

Oncology Team

Your Oncology Team will provide you with information about Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy treatments and will monitor your progress throughout your treatment. The Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) will be your key-worker throughout your Oncology treatment providing support and advice.

Oncology Consultants Consultant Radiologists
Dr Tom Roques Dr Mark Lewis
Dr Dan Holyoake Dr Frank Carey

 

Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Charlotte Lo

If you would like to speak to the Oncology CNS, please call 01603 288774.

MDT Coordinator
Sonia Baker

 

Patient Support Services

Macmillan Cancer Support and Primary Liver Cancer

Macmillan Telephone Buddies

Any person living with cancer can self-refer or be referred by their health care professional.  They will be matched with a trained volunteer who will call them weekly for 8-12 weeks.  This will vary depending on what the person feels they need and can be stopped at any time. Telephone 0808 808 00 00

Support from people living with Primary Liver Cancer

Support from online community through Macmillan Cancer Support.

Big C Cancer Charity Support and Information Centre

The Big C offers many complimentary therapies, financial and emotional support, and support groups for people affected by all types of cancer.

Cancer Research UK

British Liver Trust

NHS UK

British Nutrition Foundation

Information on Healthy Eating and Diet.

Diabetes UK

Information on aspects of managing diabetes, including medication, diet and exercise.

Useful Information

Cancer Registration: Why it matters and what you need to know.

Macmillan Cancer Support Understanding Primary Liver Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support and Physical Activity

Taking part in physical activity before, during and after cancer treatment can have many health benefits.

Later Life Training

Information on simple exercises you can do at home.

Patient information

Website providing evidence-based information on a wide range of medical and health topics.

Trust Documents

Gastroscopy (3443)

Colonoscopy (3432)

Information about CT Scans (13729)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for Adults (8541)

Endoscopic Ultrasound (3435)

Ultrasound guided liver biopsy (9549)

Diagnostic Laparoscopy (179)

Primary Liver Cancer Treatments

British Society of Interventional Radiology – Transarterial chemoembolisation (TACE)  (11451)

For detailed information on other treatment options, please use the link here and go to the “Treatment For Liver Cancer” section.

Benefits and Financial Support advisors and documents

Macmillan Benefits Advice Service

Local advisors who can give support and information regarding money worries.

Macmillan Cancer Support and Benefits and Financial Support

Macmillan Cancer Support and your rights at work

Information on working with Cancer.

Government information on Access to Work

Government information on Carer’s Allowance benefit

Social care and support guide