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Liver Surgery

The liver is a remarkable organ that plays a vital role in keeping us healthy. It's truely amazing as it has the ability to regenerate after surgery.


At times cancers spread to the liver, most commonly from the bowel (colorectal cancer), but may also arise from the cells that make up the liver (hepatocellular carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma). 

These can often be managed successfully with surgery.

Other lesions that have a risk of becoming cancer or that produce symptoms such as pain or discomfort can also be treated with surgery. These include hepatic adenomas, hepatic cysts and in some cases large haemangiomas and focal nodular hyperplasia.

This decision to undergo surgery, the type and timing of surgery, use of other modalities such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, is made after thorough assessment and discussion in an appropriate mutlidiscplinary team meeting to ensure the most appropriate treatment pathway is identified for you. 

Dr Carr-Boyd is an active participant in Auckland City Hospital’s Upper Gastrointestinal multidisciplinary team meeting, as well as the national Neuroendocrine and the HCC (Hepatocellular carcinoma) multidisciplinary team meetings. Together, the team help to ensure patients with cancer in the liver are thoroughly and appropriately assessed, and that recommendations for treatment are based on thoughtful consideration by a team of specialists including surgeons, oncologists, radiologists and pathologists.

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