The liver helps filter and circulate blood in the body and is also vital for removing toxins from the bloodstream. Liver cancer occurs when cancer cells are found in the largest internal organ, the liver. Several types of cancer can form in the liver. The most common type of liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma, which begins in the main type of liver cell (hepatocyte). Other types of liver cancer, such as intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and hepatoblastoma, are much less common.
South Texas has the highest incidence of liver cancer in the U.S. This is about 5 percent higher than the rest of the country. Methodist Physicians provide patients highly specialized surgical options that can offer the possibility of a cure for these types of malignancies.
Liver cancer treatment
Dr. Lokesh Bathla of Methodist Physicians Liver and Biliary Cancer Center is one of the very few HPB (hepatobiliary) surgeons serving San Antonio and the South Texas region. He is well known for his expertise in complex liver, biliary and pancreatic surgeries. Dr. Bathla provides advanced cancer care treatments for the following liver cancer-related conditions:
- Hilar Cholangiocarcinoma
- Liver Cancer
- Biliary Cancer
- Benign Liver Tumors: Tumor, Cysts, Hemangioma
- Focal Nodular Hyperplasia
- Hepatic Adenoma
- Hepatocellular Carcinoma
- Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma
- Metastatic Liver Cancers (Colorectal, Neuro-Endocrine, etc.)
- Liver Cysts and Polycystic Disease
- Liver Transplantation
- Metastatic Liver Tumors
- Neuroendocrine Tumors (Insulinoma, Carcinoid Tumors, Glucagonoma, VIPoma, Etc.)
As one of the top programs in the country for transplantation, hepatology and liver disease care, the Liver Disease and Transplant Program at Methodist Healthcare has performed over 700 transplants since 2001. On a percentage basis, we have transplanted more medically urgent patients than any other transplant facility in Texas.
Our integrated liver transplant program, made up of providers from Methodist Physicians Texas Transplant Specialists, offers specialized care for complicated cases of hepatitis B and C, associated liver cancers and liver failure. Our experienced board-certified transplant hepatologists and transplant and hepato-pancreato-biliary surgeons apply the latest medical and surgical innovations to the treatment of liver diseases.