UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients with all stages of liver cancer aimed at preservation of critical functions, prevention of disease recurrence and optimization of quality of life.

Your team of cancer specialists will include surgical oncologistsmedical oncologistsradiation oncologists and interventional radiologists who will consult with you to determine the best treatment approach for your cancer.

The UC Davis liver cancer program utilizes a full team of professionals and revolutionary techniques to treat patients and relieve them of their symptoms.

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surgical procedure © UC RegentsSurgical interventional approaches include:

  • Primary resection: This surgery removes cancerous lesions with techniques that minimize blood loss.
  • Microwave ablation: This minimally invasive technique involves placement of a needle electrode directly into the tumor, which then uses microwaves to induce an ultra-high-speed alternating electric field to destroy tumor cells.
  • Radiofrequency ablation: In this approach, imaging techniques such as ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are used to help guide a needle electrode into a cancerous tumor. High-frequency electrical currents are then passed through the electrode, creating heat that destroys the abnormal cells.
  • TACE (trans-arterial chemoembolization): This interventional radiology procedure is used in patients who cannot undergo tumor-removal surgery, and is used to manage symptoms and improve outcomes. TACE blocks the hepatic artery – the artery from which liver cancers derive their blood supply – and directs chemotherapy to the tumor site.
  • Portal vein embolization: This procedure is designed to shrink part of the diseased liver and stimulate growth of the remaining healthy liver. It is used in some patients prior to surgery to avoid the possibility of liver failure occurring due to a small liver remnant.
  • Radioisotope embolization: This interventional radiology procedure is for patients who do not respond to TACE. The procedure involves the injection into the hepatic artery of tiny beads called microspheres that are impregnated with Yttrim-90, a radioisotope. The microspheres block the blood vessels that supply the tumor and irradiate the tumor site.

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Oncologists Specializing in Liver Cancer

Surgical Oncology

Steven Colquhoun, M.D.Steven Colquhoun, M.D.
Professor of Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery

Sepideh Gholami, M.D.Sepideh Gholami, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology

Diagnostic Radiology

John McGahan, M.D.John P. McGahan, M.D.
Professor of Radiology
Chief of Abdominal Imaging and Ultrasound

Gastroenterology

Joseph Leung, M.D.Joseph W. Leung, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Chief of Gastroenterology

Shiro Urayama, M.D.Shiro Urayama, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology

Hematology and Oncology

May Cho, M.D.May Cho, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Oncology

Edward Kim, M.D., Ph.D.Edward Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Oncology

Kit Tam, M.D.Kit W. Tam, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology

Michael Tanaka, Jr., M.D.Michael Tanaka, Jr., M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Oncology

Supportive Oncology

Dietitians

Danielle BahamDanielle Baham, M.S., R.D.

Kathleen NewmanKathleen Newman, R.D., C.S.O.

Hereditary Cancer Program

Nicole Mans, M.S., L.C.G.C.Nicole Mans, M.S., L.C.G.C.

Daniela Martiniuc, M.S.Daniela Martiniuc, M.S.

Jeanna Welborn, M.D.Jeanna Welborn, M.D.

Social Work

Sarah Conning, LCSW, OSW-CSarah Conning, L.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C.