Liver Cancer Treatment Options

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 patients benefit from the latest knowledge of liver cancer treatment.

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.

Radiation Therapy

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.

Drug Therapy

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

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.

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.

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.