Liver cancer can arise as either primary or metastatic liver cancer. Treatment of this cancer may involve surgery, interventional radiology procedures, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. In this episode of Patient Power sponsored by The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Christopher Garrett joins Andrew to discuss the latest advances in liver cancer treatment. You’ll also hear from Ralph, an M. D. Anderson liver cancer survivor.
The program opens with Ralph’s story. After being monitored for many years for high liver enzymes, Ralph was diagnosed with liver cancer following a CT scan. He was immediately referred to M. D. Anderson for treatment. After evaluation, Ralph went in for surgery, but it was quickly discovered that he would need a liver transplant. You’ll hear about the treatment he received, his transplant and how Ralph enjoys a full life today.
Dr. Garrett begins by explaining the causes and risk factors of liver cancer, including hepatitis and cirrhosis. He shares information about the various treatments for liver cancer, including drug therapy, radiation, resection as well as the best candidates for liver surgery. Also discussed are the various tests and screening used in diagnosis.
Dr. Garrett answers various listener questions discussing drug treatments such as Tarceva and hepatic artery infusion, among others. Both he and Ralph share advice with listeners and stress the importance of clear communication with providers. If you or someone close to you has been affected by liver cancer, this program may be a great resource of quality information.
Christopher Garrett, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer CenterDr. Christopher Garrett is an assistant professor who specializes in the treatment of liver cancer and GI oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. more >
Liver Cancer SurvivorRalph is a petrochemical engineer in Houston, married with four children and four grandchildren. After being monitored for many years for high liver enzymes, Ralph was diagnosed with liver cancer following a CT scan. He was immediately referred to M. D. Anderson for treatment. After evaluation, Ralph went in for surgery, but it was quickly discovered that he would need... more >