Liver, Pancreas and Bile Duct Program (HPB)

Liver Cancer

Programs and Services

The liver cancer team at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin is a group of specialists who have extensive experience in treating patients with challenging liver malignancies. Because they focus on liver cancer, they understand the many nuances of the disease, including diagnosis, and are up-to-date on the most current and advanced treatment options.

Every patient in the program receives a multidisciplinary treatment plan. Our team includes surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, hepatologists, transplant surgeons, and specialized diagnostic radiologists and pathologists. These experts meet weekly to discuss patients and ensure every individual is receiving the most effective care.

Committed to clinical excellence, our team members provide the full range of standard and innovative therapies for liver cancer. Their dedication to research and education ensures that patients benefit from the latest knowledge of liver cancer treatment.

Liver Cancer Basics

To learn about the liver and find out about liver cancer types, symptoms, risk factors and more, see our Basic Information on Liver Cancer page.

Treatment Options

Most patients with liver cancer require several different kinds of treatment. The liver cancer team works together to make sure all patient care is fully coordinated.


For patients with early-stage liver cancer, surgical removal of the tumor offers the best chance of a cure. Surgeons at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin provide the full range of standard and advanced liver procedures, including minimally invasive surgeries for eligible patients. Learn more about liver cancer surgery.

Radiation TherapyLiver Cancer Treatment Options

Radiation is an important element of treatment for many patients with liver cancer. Radiation oncologists work closely with other specialists to ensure radiation therapy is completely coordinated with the overall care plan. Find out about radiation therapy for liver cancer.

Drug Therapy

Newer drug agents are contributing to improved outcomes for patients with liver cancer. Chemotherapy is an important part of effective new therapies for colorectal cancers that have spread to the liver, and is often used in combination with other therapies. Learn about liver cancer drug therapy.

Interventional Radiology

Minimally invasive interventional radiology (IR) procedures can destroy liver tumors, deliver drugs and radiation directly to the site of the cancer, and set the stage for other treatments. Learn more about IR therapies for liver cancer.

Liver Transplant

Patients with early liver cancer may be eligible for liver transplantation. The first liver transplant in Wisconsin took place at Froedtert Hospital in 1983. Since then, transplant surgeons in our program have performed hundreds of transplant procedures, and lead the region in outcomes. Learn more about the Liver Transplant Program.

Clinical Trials

The liver cancer team at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin is actively involved in national research programs offering patients access to new clinical treatment protocols. See clinical trials for a list of our current investigations.

Managing Symptoms

Many patients with liver cancer may also have underlying liver disease, such as cirrhosis. Our liver cancer specialists include physicians in the Gastroenterology/Hepatology Program who specialize in managing liver disease. In addition, our nationally known Palliative Care Program provides support and services for patients with complex symptoms.

Liver Cancer Second Opinion Program

When you are diagnosed with any serious disease, it makes sense to get a second opinion. The Liver Cancer Second Opinion Program at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin gives patients fast access to physicians who specialize in difficult liver malignancies. Our experienced team can confirm your diagnosis, talk to you about your alternatives and make sure you are receiving the most effective care for your condition.