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Liver and Biliary Cancer

Liver and Biliary Tract (bile duct, gallbladder) Cancer

Different types of cancers may grow in the liver, bile ducts and gallbladder. Treatment depends on the type and extent of the cancer. Legacy's Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Cancer Program provides compassion, expertise and a personalized treatment plan for you.

Types of cancer

Primary liver cancer begins in the liver. It may be hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which is often linked to hepatitis for liver cirrhosis, or cholangiocarcinoma, a cancer of the bile ducts.

Secondary or metastatic liver cancer is a cancer that started in another area of the body and has spread to the liver. It may be present at the time of your first cancer diagnosis or may develop later - during or after treatment.

Gallbladder and bile duct cancers begin in the bile ducts, which connect the liver to the gallbladder and the intestines. These cancers often grow to include the liver or the pancreas.

Award-winning care

Our program includes doctors who specialize in all aspects of diagnosing and treating liver and biliary tract cancer. Legacy Cancer Institute ranks among the nation's top cancer programs and has received multiple quality awards including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons' Commission (ACS) on Cancer. The ACS ranks Legacy's cancer program as one of the best in the nation. Learn more

Treatment options

Cancer treatment is rapidly evolving. Legacy Cancer Institute specializes in minimally invasive treatments, symptom management and survivorship services. We also offer clinical trials in addition to chemotherapy. At Legacy we understand that you have a life, not just a diagnosis. That's why we offer a wide range of support services and integrative medicine to help manage symptoms and improve your quality of life during and after treatment.

Learn about treatment options

Our doctors

  • Surgeon Chet Hammill, MD specializes in liver cancer, as well as pancreatic and bile duct cancers. He is the medical director of the Legacy Hepatobiliary and PancreaticCancer Program. For an appointment, including a second opinion: 503-281-0561.
  • Our interventional radiologists specializing in treating cancer are: Jason Bauer, MD and Andrew Cox, MD.
  • Legacy Cancer Institute partners with medical oncologists from OHSU Knight Cancer Institute at five locations. Find a medical oncologist
  • Radiation oncologists can provide specialized treatments for certain tumor types and locations.

Physician case review

Our multidisciplinary cancer care conferences review complex cases to provide an expert "second opinion" on diagnosis, pre-treatment evaluation, staging, treatment strategy and rehabilitation. The team includes medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, nurses, research coordinators and other cancer care staff.

You're not alone

At the Legacy Cancer Institute we offer services to support every aspect of your treatment including your physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. We offer a wide range of support services to help you and your family. If you need help just ask us, and we'll help you find the support you need.

Nurse navigators

Our personalized support services begin with our nurse navigators. They will help you throughout your treatment, from knowing what to expect to finding the right support services and helping you manage symptoms and treatment side effects.

Survivorship, support services and integrative medicine