Liver cancer is a malignant disease, which is common in countries with high rate of viral hepatitis infection. While symptoms may include weight and appetite loss, nausea, abdominal pain and/or swelling and fatigue, it is usually discovered accidently during abdominal US or CT scans. Every suspicious hepatic lesions must be thoroughly investigated in order to provide timely and appropriate liver cancer treatment, should it be confirmed.
The diagnosis stage of the program includes:
Once the pathology results are ready, you will be evaluated by an abdominal surgeon specializing in gastrointestinal oncology.
Usually, in cases when the malignant process has not spread beyond the liver, the best method of liver cancer treatment is surgery. Routine preoperative preparation includes an ECG, chest X-ray and an anesthesiologist consultation.
Cost of surgery includes the following:
It is advised you remain in Israel for approximately 14 days following your discharge from the hospital for outpatient follow-up and care. During this period you will undergo a follow-up gastro-oncologist evaluation, during which he will determine further course of treatment (monitoring, chemotherapy, radiotherapy etc) and a clinical nutritionist’s consultation.
Hepatic cancer surgery will take place at Tel Aviv's Assuta Medical Center.
If the disease has spread beyond the liver into other organs and/or the omentum, treatment will begin with neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Your treatment protocol will depend on the type of tumour. The chemotherapy protocol will be drawn up by Assuta’s oncologists, who are among the top specialists in their field in Israel.
A PET or CT scan and abdominal surgeon’s exam will be scheduled following 6 cycles of chemotherapy to evaluate response to treatment and assess the possibility of a surgical intervention.
RFA (radiofrequency ablation) is indicated in cases when a partial hepatectomy has been performed, but there are still tumour foci that need to be treated present in other lobes. Cost of procedure includes:
The innovative SIRT therapy is quickly becoming the inoperable liver cancer treatment of choice. Its cost includes:
Please note that the first (diagnostic) angiography procedure may show that SIRT therapy is contraindicated.
Provided there are no contraindications, your treating specialists will order the radioactive microspheres required for your treatment. They normally take around 10 days to arrive, and you don't need to be in Israel during this period. You will need to remain in isolation for 3 to 5 days following treatment with SIRT. Additionally, you will need to remain in Israel for 10 days following your discharge from the hospital for outpatient follow-up and care.