Liver Cancer

Liver Cancer

Different types of cancers may grow in the liver and treatment depends on the type and extent of the disease. Legacy's Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Cancer Program provides multidisciplinary expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of liver tumors.

Legacy's team of outstanding specialists will work together to evaluate your case and develop a personalized treatment plan for you. At Legacy we understand that you have a life, not just a diagnosis.

Treatment of metastatic cancer 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.

Types of liver cancer

Primary liver cancer begins in the liver. It may be hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), usually associated with hepatitis infection or liver cirrhosis, or cholangiocarcinoma (CCA), 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 the primary cancer diagnosis or may develop later, during or after treatment.

Award-winning care

Legacy 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.

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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. 
  • 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

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.

Support services and integrative care

In addition, the following support services are also available:

Our location

Legacy Comprehensive Cancer Center-Good Samaritan

An OHSU Knight-Legacy Cancer Collaborative site

1130 NW 22nd Ave., Building 3
Portland, OR 97210
For an appointment with Dr. Hammill: 503-413-5525

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