At Cincinnati Children’s, physicians and researchers are at the forefront of providing innovative surgical and medical therapies for patients with liver tumors. A national leader that continues to grow, our Liver Tumor Program has performed more transplants since 2007 for pediatric liver tumors than any other program in North America.
Our Liver Tumor Program within the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute brings together specialists from a variety of disciplines, including:
They provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for children and young adults with liver tumors, including:
- Newly diagnosed hepatoblastoma, hepatocellular carcinoma, hepatic sarcoma, hemangioendothelioma and other forms of liver cancer
- Advanced, unresponsive or relapsed liver cancer
- Complex liver tumors that may require a liver transplant
- Benign liver tumors
Families are drawn to the Liver Tumor Program not only because of our innovative therapies, but also because of our approach to patient care, which involves creating a highly individualized treatment plan for each patient.
Our specialists’ team approach benefits patients in many ways, specifically by fostering early detection, an accurate diagnosis and appropriate, coordinated treatment. The team includes experts in cancer care, hepatology, gastroenterology, pediatric liver transplantation, and nutrition therapy.
Depending on the child’s needs, the team may ask other specialists at Cincinnati Children’s to be involved, including but not limited to those from:
The medical director of the Liver Tumor Program at Cincinnati Children’s is James I. Geller, MD, a pediatric oncologist and an expert in liver tumor therapy and new anticancer drug development. The surgical director is Greg M. Tiao, MD, a pediatric general and transplant surgeon.
By bringing together experts in different areas, our multidisciplinary team makes clinic visits more efficient for families and ensures thoughtful, coordinated care.
Each new patient undergoes an extensive evaluation in which specialists from different areas of expertise come together to review the child’s medical needs. The team shares perspectives from the most up-to-date research and clinical practice to develop an individualized treatment plan. These specialists continue to collaborate throughout the child’s course of treatment and provide referring physicians with regular updates.
Nurses play an integral role on the multidisciplinary team, providing patient care and extensive education. In fact, Cincinnati Children’s is known for nursing excellence. In 2009, the medical center received Magnet status from the Commission on the Magnet Recognition Program. This is the gold standard for recognizing nursing excellence and collaboration among all care providers and patients. Of approximately 5,700 hospitals in the United States, only 6 percent have achieved this status from the Magnet Recognition Program.