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Liver Cancer Treatment in Tacoma

Treatment for Liver Cancer from Our Five Locations in Washington State

All forms of cancer relate to an abnormal growth of cells within a particular area of the body. Cancer of the liver is an especially common form of cancer that affects millions of people all over the world.

Types of Liver Cancer

There is a primary distinction between two different types of liver cancer, one being known as primary liver cancer, and the other as metastatic liver cancer. Primary liver cancer is cancer that has originated in the liver, whereas metastatic liver cancer is cancer that has spread to the liver from another area of the body.

As we are first and foremost concerned about the source of the cancer, the rest of the information provided will pertain specifically to primary liver cancer.

Hepatocellular Carcinoma

A majority of adults with liver cancer will have a type that is classified as hepatocellular. This form of cancer is especially common in those with chronic liver diseases such as:

  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C

Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma

Another frequently diagnosed form of liver cancer is one that exists within the tubes that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder, which are known as the bile ducts. The treatment of bile duct cancer is quite similar to that of other common kinds of liver cancer, such as hepatocellular carcinoma.

Hemangiosarcoma and Angiosarcoma

Both these cancers of the liver are very rare. They pertain to a unique form of liver cancer that exists within the lining of the organ’s blood cells, rather than in the rest of the liver tissue. The rarity of these cancers also makes them exceptionally difficult to treat.


Sadly, many children are also at risk for developing liver cancer. The most common form among these young age groups is a type of liver cancer known as hepatoblastoma. Fortunately, a combination of chemotherapy and radiation has proven incredibly helpful in treating a majority of children with this illness.

Symptoms of Liver Cancer

One of the best ways to increase your odds of beating liver cancer is to detect it as soon as possible. This can be achieved through regular screenings and physicals, in addition to being aware of the specific symptoms associated with liver cancer, which include:

  • Pain in the upper region of the abdomen
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Stools that appear white in color and/or chalky in consistency
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Sudden loss of appetite

If you begin to notice the occurrence of one or more of the symptoms mentioned, we highly encourage you to seek care from a specialist at Northwest Medical Specialties. To schedule a consultation, please call one of our five locations today.

Once they have been familiarized with your case, your specialist will be able to recommend a course of treatment that is specifically tailored to you and your condition.

HEALTH ALERT! For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics and everyone MUST wear a mask. See additional information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Important COVID 19  Information for patients of Northwest Medical Specialties

November 16, 2020 Update

During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

The following offices are temporarily closed:

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control