Liver Cancer

A male doctor providing an explanation to a patient.
Dr. Nima Nabavizadeh is a radiation oncologist who includes liver cancer among his focus areas. He is also a researcher, seeking ways to improve length and quality of life for cancer patients.

At the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, our experts provide advanced care for all types of liver cancer. We offer you:

  • A team of specialists, including doctors with advanced training and expertise in caring for liver cancer.
  • The latest diagnostic tools and treatment approaches, including some not offered elsewhere in Oregon.
  • Access to clinical trials for promising therapies that aren’t yet widely available. 
  • A commitment to research to find cancer earlier and develop better treatments.
  • A full menu of support services to help you and your family throughout cancer treatment.

Our excellence

At the Knight Cancer Institute, you’ll find compassionate care for liver cancer and the latest, research-based treatment options. People come to OHSU for our: 

  • National recognition: We are the only program in Oregon with the National Cancer Institute’s top designation for research excellence. U.S. News & World Report also ranks OHSU's gastroenterology/GI surgery program among the best in the nation.
  • Training and experience: Many of our specialists completed fellowships at top cancer centers such as Memorial Sloan Kettering and Johns Hopkins. This advanced training means you receive care from doctors who are experts in their fields.

Coordinated care

The Knight Cancer Institute brings together liver cancer experts from several specialties. Along with nurses, cancer dietitians and other providers, our team members work together to tailor care to your specific needs. You'll find:

Combined expertise: You may see several types of doctors, including:

  • Surgical oncologists (cancer surgeons)
  • Medical oncologists, who treat cancer with medications such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy
  • Radiation oncologists, who treat cancer with radiation therapy
  • Hepatologists, who specialize in diagnosing and treating all types of liver disease
  • Interventional radiologists, who treat cancer using minimally invasive procedures
  • Transplant surgeons, if needed, for a liver transplant
  • Palliative care experts, who can help you and your family manage symptoms and stress at any stage of a serious illness.

Team approach: The specialists on your team work together to support you at every stage, from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up. In a weekly meeting called a liver tumor board, the team gathers to develop treatment recommendations together. This collaboration gives you the benefit of the team’s full expertise.

Julie Larson, smiling warmly
Julie Larson, RN, is among nurses who care for patients with gastrointestinal cancer.

Coordination: Managing treatment details can be overwhelming. Our experienced nurses guide you through treatment so you can focus on your well-being. Starting with your first appointment, our nurse navigators support you by:

  • Arranging your appointments
  • Answering your questions and explaining each step of your treatment
  • Gathering medical records
  • Coordinating your care among your providers

The latest technology and techniques

Our specialists offer every treatment available for patients with liver cancer, including:

  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy: This image-guided system sends high-dose radiation directly to liver tumors. It takes fewer sessions and minimizes damage to healthy tissue. 
  • Hepatic arterial infusion: When cancer has spread to the liver from elsewhere, we can deliver chemotherapy into the tumor while avoiding healthy cells. OHSU is one of the few centers on the West Coast with this therapy. 
  • Liver transplants: People with early-stage liver cancer that cannot be surgically removed may be candidates for a liver transplant. OHSU is Oregon’s only liver transplant center. We have more than 30 years of experience with these complex procedures. 

Liver cancer clinical trials and research

As an academic health center, OHSU does research that brings innovations from the lab to patients.

Clinical trials: Knight Cancer Institute providers are involved in hundreds of clinical trials to test ways to detect, diagnose or treat cancer. You may be eligible for a clinical trial of a promising new treatment.

Early detection: OHSU’s Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center, or CEDAR, has gathered some of the world’s top minds in cancer research. They’re dedicated to finding ways to detect cancer earlier, when it’s most treatable.

Interventional radiology: OHSU’s Dotter Department of Interventional Radiology provides patient care and does extensive research to improve interventional radiology. Providers in this field use specialized imaging to diagnose and treat liver cancer and other illnesses.

The Knight Cancer Research Building with streetcar
The Knight Cancer Research Building on OHSU’s South Waterfront campus houses hundreds of cancer researchers working together.

State-of-the-art research facilities: Our 320,000-square-foot Knight Cancer Research Building opened in 2018 to house our early-detection efforts. The building, on our South Waterfront campus, is specifically designed to encourage scientists to work together.  

Cancer registries: Our cancer registries, including one for liver tumors, collect information and sometimes blood and tissue samples from voluntary participants. They help researchers better understand cancer. Participants help advance research and learn about the latest discoveries.

For patients

Call 503-494-7999 to:

  • Request an appointment
  • Seek a second opinion
  • Ask questions


Parking is free for patients and their visitors.

Center for Health & Healing Building 2
3485 S. Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239

Map and directions

Refer a patient

Read more

Stay informed

Blog: Learn about the latest findings on our Cancer Translated blog.

News: Read about research breakthroughs, patient care and many other topics on our OHSU News site.