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Expert care for people with cancerous and noncancerous liver issues
Your liver plays a significant role in keeping you healthy.
Digestion and the clotting of your blood depend on it. It’s also essential for energy storage and the removal of toxins from your blood. When your liver’s not working well, your health will suffer.
You can depend on UW Health to provide expert care for all types of liver conditions. We offer advanced imaging, innovative treatments and a team of skilled and caring providers. Whether you’re dealing with a genetic disorder, an infection, cancer or liver failure, we make sure you get the care you need from diagnosis and beyond.
What we treat
Many different conditions — cancerous and noncancerous — can affect your liver.
Cancerous liver conditions
Bile duct cancer
Liver metastases (cancer that spreads to the liver from elsewhere in the body)
Primary liver cancer (cancer that starts in the liver)
Benign liver conditions
Alcoholic liver disease
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
Benign liver tumors
Cirrhosis/end-stage liver disease
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Primary biliary cholangitis
Primary sclerosing cholangitis
Treatments and research
Treatments tailored to your needs
Your diagnosis guides your treatment. At UW Health, a team of experts will be involved in your care. Their combined expertise helps you receive individualized therapies that are best for you and your illness.
Treatment for cancer in the liver
If you have cancer, you’ll have all the resources of the UW Carbone Cancer Center to support you. The center is Wisconsin’s only comprehensive cancer center. This designation comes from the National Cancer Institute and speaks to the high level of care we provide.
Specific treatments we offer include:
Hepatic arterial regional chemotherapy
Liver resection (removal or a portion of your liver)
Minimally invasive hepatectomy (removal of a portion of your liver)
Portal vein embolization
Treatment for benign liver conditions
For some noncancerous conditions, we might advise changing your diet, losing weight or avoiding alcohol as a first step. Medication can be an option as well.
For other conditions, innovative therapies or surgery may be recommended. We offer several minimally invasive procedures. They often result in less pain and have shorter hospital stays than traditional treatments. We find what will work best for you.
Specific treatments we offer include:
Liver cyst fenestration
Improving treatments for liver disease is an important part of our work at UW Health. We regularly conduct research and clinical trials. These trials help us test new therapies. To learn more, contact the GI and Hepatology Clinical Research Office at (608) 263-4185.
Research also takes place through the UW Carbone Cancer Center. We look for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat liver cancer. Learn more about our cancer clinical trials
Meet our team
A team approach offers all the expertise you need
At UW Health, hepatologists and gastroenterologists focus on liver health. They might also work with radiologists, pathologists and liver surgeons. Medical oncologists and radiation oncologists often have roles in the care of people with liver cancer.
Care where you need it
We treat liver conditions at the Digestive Health Center, the UW Carbone Cancer Center, University Hospital, and various clinics in the region.
Information and support to ease your path
We offer a large selection of informational resources and programs to help you deal with liver disease.
Certain liver conditions run in families. Our genetic counselors can help you learn more about your family risk. That will help you make sure those close to you take the right steps to protect their health.