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Liver MDT clinics

We have dedicated clinics for suspected cancer patients.

Liver Clinic

Fridays 9.00am
Outpatients' Clinic, Cancer Centre, Churchill Hospital

The usual waiting time to be seen at the Liver Clinic, from time of referral, is one to two weeks. This can be longer if we are waiting for scan or biopsy results to guide treatment plans.

Each new patient sees a Consultant Surgeon or senior member of the surgical team for a consultation. There are five Consultant Surgeons within the Hepatobiliary team in Oxford, who work very closely together. You may meet more than one, and, depending on when your surgery is scheduled, your operating surgeon on the day may not always be the one you met. This way of working achieves excellent results no matter who your surgeon is.

We will discuss your diagnosis, stage of disease and treatment options. You will also meet a member of the Clinical Nurse Specialist team.

You may also see our specialist Dietitian and Physiotherapist, depending on your treatment plan. This can take from 45 minutes to two hours.

If surgery is appropriate, we will explain the procedure in detail to ensure you can give informed consent.

Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) Clinic

Mondays 1.30pm
Outpatients' Clinic, Cancer Centre, Churchill Hospital

This clinic is run by a Hepatologist (liver medical doctor) and an Oncologist. All patients with primary liver cancer caused by HCC are usually seen at this clinic.

We see patients in order to tailor a treatment plan unique to each individual. Occasionally patients who have had another treatment previously for HCC are also referred to the HCC Clinic for follow-up.

Pre-operation Assessment Clinic

Before having an operation, patients are required to attend a Pre-operation Assessment Clinic.

This is usually within one to two weeks of the date of surgery. This clinic is usually at the Churchill Hospital, but on occasion may be at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Your surgeon may require you to have some tests and/or scans to assess your fitness for anaesthesia and major surgery, for example heart or lung function tests such as a Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test (CPET).

Last reviewed:03 January 2023