The following conditions are commonly treated by our hepatobiliary and pancreatic specialists.
Tumors of the liver
- Benign (noncancerous) liver tumors
These tumors do not spread to other areas of the body and they usually do not pose a serious health risk. In fact, benign liver tumors are often not diagnosed because they are often not symptomatic. When they are detected, it's usually because the person has had medical imaging tests, such as an ultrasound, for a separate condition.
- Malignant (cancerous) liver tumors
Liver cancer or malignant liver tumors can either be primary, meaning the liver cancer or tumor originated in the liver, or metastatic, in which the cancer starts in a different organ and spreads to the liver.
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- Cysts of the liver can develop for a number of reasons, but they often do not cause symptoms. However, if a patient is experiencing symptoms, a physician may recommend surgery. In rare instances where the cyst comes from the bile ducts inside (biliary cystadenomas) or outside the liver (choledochal cysts), surgery may be recommended.
- Liver abscesses are caused by bacterial, parasitic, or fungal organisms.
Liver cancer from colon-rectal cancer
- Often, cancer of the liver is developed because another organ was affected. A metastasized liver is more common than cancer that starts in the liver.
- Gallbladder cancer is uncommon and is when cancer exists in the gallbladder. When gallbladder cancer is discovered at its earliest stages, the chance for a cure is very good. When it is late stage, surgery is the typically the best treatment option.
Cholangiocarcinoma or “bile duct cancer”
- Cholangiocarcinoma is a cancer that arises from the cells within the bile ducts both inside and outside the liver.
Tumor of the Pancreas – benign or malignant
- Benign (noncancerous) pancreas tumors
These tumors do not spread to other areas of the body, and they usually do not pose a serious health risk.
- Malignant (cancerous) pancreas tumors
There are many different types of tumors that can develop in the pancreas. Approximately 85% patients have very aggressive type of tumor called adenocarcinoma of the pancreas.
Learn more about the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer here, or watch this video of Meridian Cancer Care’s Ronald Matteotti, M.D., discussing pancreatic cancer on NJTV.