Cancer Care

Hepatobiliary Cancers

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Cancers of the liver, pancreas, and bile duct are among the most challenging to treat successfully. By the time they cause symptoms, the have already grown to an advanced stage and spread throughout the body, requiring a team of specialists to treat them optimally. NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is home to such a team, offering comprehensive multidisciplinary care for patients with hepatobiliary cancers and providing advanced treatments that can be difficult to find elsewhere in Brooklyn. We understand the toll that a hepatobiliary cancer takes on you and your loved ones, and we provide all the surgical, medical, and supportive services you may need during your treatment.

A Team of Hepatobiliary Specialists

Your treatment team includes gastroenterologists, hepatobiliary surgeons with subspecialty training, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, interventional radiologists, and other specialists who care for people with liver, pancreatic, and bile duct cancers. Your team meets regularly at a multidisciplinary Tumor Board to discuss each patient, combining their expertise to tailor a plan of care based on the type, location, and stage of your cancer, as well as your age, physical health, and personal preferences. Nutritionists, social workers, and palliative care specialists are also part of your team, ensuring that your dietary and psychosocial needs and comfort receive attention, too.

Comprehensive Care for Liver, Pancreatic, and Bile Duct Cancers

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist's hepatobiliary cancer team provides the full range of therapies for people with liver, pancreatic, and bile duct cancers of all stages, including:

  • Minimally invasive surgery whenever possible, including robotic-assisted procedures.
  • Complex operations, such as the Whipple procedure for pancreatic and bile duct cancers (removal of the head of the pancreas, part of the small intestine, the gall bladder, part of the stomach, and lymph nodes near the head of the pancreas). NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist’s pancreatic surgeons are among the most experienced performing the Whipple approach and sometimes complete it robotically.
  • Advanced interventional endoscopy techniques such as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) to relieve bile duct obstructions—a complication of advanced hepatobiliary cancers. During this procedure, a physician inserts a stent into the duct to relieve the obstruction and allow drainage to proceed into the intestine, sparing the patient from having to wear an external bag on the abdomen to drain fluids. This approach improves quality of life and relieves jaundice, pain, and other symptoms.
  • Chemotherapy and immunotherapy in our modern and comfortable infusion center, staffed by experienced and compassionate oncology nurses.
  • Targeted therapies for tumors with certain genetic features.
  • Radiation therapy targeted finely and precisely to cancerous tissue to spare nearby healthy tissue from radiation damage.

Access to Clinical Trials

As an academic medical center, we participate in clinical trials for hepatobiliary cancers. These studies offer you access to investigational therapies that show promise for fighting your cancer. Your doctor will let you know if you may be able to receive a promising new therapy through a clinical trial.

Caring for All of You

We understand that a diagnosis of cancer can be challenging for you as well as your loved ones. That's why we offer a full range of psychosocial, nutritional, and other support services for people with hepatobiliary cancers. Our palliative care specialists ensure that your quality of life is the best it can be from the moment of diagnosis and throughout your treatment. As a major medical center, we can also address your other healthcare needs, such as co-existing conditions like heart disease and diabetes, and connect you with the specialists you need.