Primary liver cancer treatment near Watson

A person with a suspected or confirmed primary liver cancer should:

  • have their care overseen by a specialist who is a member of a multidisciplinary cancer care team
  • attend their first specialist appointment within one week of being referred by the general practitioner (GP).

There are a number of recommended hospitals for primary liver cancer surgery. Ideally, people with primary liver cancer should be referred to a specialist at one of these hospitals.

Who to see

Please note the nearest cancer specialist for primary liver cancer may be over 100 kms from Watson ACT. Support may be available for transport and accommodation.

The diagnosis and treatment of primary liver cancer involves a team of specialists. Patients should be initially referred to a gastroenterologist, hepatologist or hepatobiliary surgeon.

A referral from a general practitioner (GP) is required for an appointment.

Where to have treatment

Please note the nearest cancer services for primary liver cancer may be over 100 kms from Watson ACT. Support may be available for transport and accommodation.

Treatment for primary liver cancer may include surgery, local ablative therapies or regional therapies. Only a small number of cancers are suitable for surgery.

Recommended hospitals for primary liver cancer surgery

Hospitals that are recommended for primary liver cancer surgery are listed below.. Find out why these hospitals are recommended. Results are ordered by distance from Watson ACT.

Other treatment centres

Results are ordered by distance from Watson ACT.

Find a cancer care team

All people with primary liver cancer in NSW should have their treatment overseen by a multidisciplinary cancer care team (MDT).

A multidisciplinary cancer care team is a group of health care professionals who work together to ensure that a patient receives the best care and outcomes. 

Children and youth services

There are services that provide specialised treatment and support to children and young people with cancer.

Tests and timeframes

National optimal care pathways have been developed to guide recommended care at each stage of the cancer pathway.

Initial tests may be organised by the general practitioner (GP) and can include:

  • ultrasound assessment of the liver and kidneys
  • full blood examination 
  • blood tests for assessment of tumour markers (alpha-fetoprotein)
  • hepatitis B and C serology.

  • Initial tests should be performed within two-three days of general practitioner (GP) presentation.
  • The specialist consultation or multidisciplinary team presentation should take place within one week of suspecting liver cancer.
  • Initial treatment should commence within two weeks after the decision to treat.

More information about the liver cancer care pathway is available in these fact sheets:

  • Optimal Care Pathway for hepatocellular carcinoma Quick reference guide for health professionals.
  • Fact sheet for patients in plain English and seven other languages

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