Liver and pancreatic cancers, also known as 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 Endoscopic Ultrasound, to determine the right diagnosis early.
We take a team approach to liver and pancreatic cancer care. Our team includes the region’s only fellowship-trained liver and pancreatic cancer surgeon, a 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 cancers of the liver and pancreas, including:
- Ablation to remove tumors using heat sources
- Distal pancreatectomy
- 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. The Whipple procedure increases the 5-year survival rate from 4 percent to 20 percent.