While most people are aware that October is a time to bring awareness to breast cancer, many do not realize it is also a time set aside to learn more about liver cancer and honor those who have been affected by it.

Liver cancer appears in patients as either primary, meaning cancer originates in the liver, or secondary, which means it has spread to the liver from somewhere else in the body. In most cases, cancer in the liver begins in another part of the body. However, instances of primary liver cancer are on the rise in the United States. In fact, it is the most rapidly growing cause of cancer deaths in the country, ranking 6th in 2023.

The Lawson Cancer Center (LCC) at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is a full-service cancer center offering leading-edge technology to treat all types of cancer. Staffed by expert oncologists, surgical specialists, nurses, pharmacists and other highly trained healthcare professionals, the LCC is committed to offering individualized treatment tailored to the needs of each patient.

“At the Lawson Cancer Center, we approach all types of cancer, including liver cancer with a multidisciplinary approach,” explained PMC Hematologist/Oncologist Mohamed El Dinali, MD. “For every new case, we meet as a team and work together to determine the best management plan from diagnostic tests to treatment. We do this because every one of our patients deserves our best effort.”

The multidisciplinary team at the Lawson Cancer Center includes medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists and other specialists as needed to develop a treatment plan for each patient. The LCC staff is committed to offering comprehensive cancer care, personalized treatment and unwavering support.

For more information about the Lawson Cancer Center at Pikeville Medical Center, visit www.pikevillehospital.org/cancer.