Hepatobiliary cancers include cancers of the bile duct, liver, gallbladder and pancreas. Cancers in this area can be treated effectively if detected early. At Guthrie, we utilize advanced diagnosis and staging strategies, including Interventional Endoscopy and Endoscopic Ultrasound to determine the right diagnosis, early.
We take a team approach to hepatobiliary cancer care. Our team includes the region’s only fellowship-trained hepatobiliary surgeon, dedicated liver medical oncologist, experts in radiation oncology and a support team to guide you throughout your treatment process. Whenever possible, we try to spare healthy tissue and organs surrounding tumors using both advanced surgical techniques and regionalized, targeted non-surgical options.
At Guthrie, we offer treatment for hepatobiliary cancers including:
- Ablation to remove tumors using heat sources.
- Distal pancreactomy.
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
- Minimally invasive pancreatectomy.
- Partial hepatectomy to remove a wedge of the liver.
- Surgical resection.
Guthrie also offers the Whipple procedure to remove the pancreas head, gallbladder, duodenum and part of the bile duct and stomach. Whipple procedure increases the 5-year survival rate from 4 percent to 20 percent.