Diagnosing Liver Cancer

This information is useful for adults and older adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • All gastrointestinal and liver pathologists are specialized in GI and liver pathology with extensive experience in the field
  • Our oncologists, radiologists, surgeons and pathologists work together to make decisions for patient management.
  • Yale Medicine offers access to advanced treatments and ongoing clinical trials.

Liver cancer can be a complicated diagnosis. The disease presents few symptoms early on, so it’s usually only detected in advanced stages or found incidentally, when the patient undergoes scans for other diseases.

A pathological study “makes a diagnosis and guides the treatment of the liver cancer patient,” says Xuchen Zhang, MD, assistant professor of pathology at School of Medicine and a specialist in GI & Liver Pathology at Yale Medicine. “If there is a mass in the liver and it has been found to be cancerous, we need to know if it originated in the liver or elsewhere."

Yale Medicine’s Department of Pathology has specialized expertise in the area of liver cancer.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.