The liver is the largest organ in the body. All the blood exiting the stomach and intestines passes through the liver, which processes nutrients and drugs. The liver also excretes bile, which carries waste products away. The liver maintains hundreds of vital functions, including regulating most chemicals in the blood. Primary liver cancer starts in the liver. Metastatic liver cancer has spread from another site to the liver. Most malignant tumors in the liver are metastatic.
The biliary system refers to the organs and ducts that produce and transport bile, including the bile ducts and gallbladder. The biliary system carries away waste and helps digest fats.
The pancreas located behind the stomach, releases digestive enzymes and hormones. These enzymes help break down carbohydrates, fats, proteins and acids. Hormones from the pancreas regulate glucose (blood sugar).
Beaumont, Royal Oak, has been named a Blue Distinction Center for liver cancer by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Blue Centers are selected in collaboration with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), leading clinicians and professional organizations. These honors, as well as being chosen as a Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP), demonstrate our dedication to providing effective and timely diagnosis, pioneering treatments, and compassionate care to our patients with liver cancer and their families.
For more information, or an appointment at the GI/Hepatobiliary Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic, call 877-BEAT-CANCER (877-232-8226) today.
As one of the most respected cancer treatment centers in the United States, the Beaumont Cancer Institute provides industry leading treatments, including liver transplantation, to patients with liver and pancreatic cancer. A single call to the GI/Hepatobiliary Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic mobilizes a team of Beaumont cancer specialists, who will prepare individualized treatment recommendations within a week. A well-coordinated, quick response enables treatment to begin immediately. For an appointment, call 877-BEAT-CANCER (877-232-8226) today.
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