The Sherrie and Alan Conover Center for Liver Disease & Transplantation serves the specific needs of patients living with a variety of liver and liver-related diseases. Click on the videos below to learn more about primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma), hepatitis C, bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and portal hypertension.
What is Hepatocellular Carcinoma?
Howard Monsour, MD, chief of hepatology at Houston Methodist Hospital, describes hepatocellular carcinoma, or primary liver cancer, as the fastest-rising cancer in the United States. In this video, you’ll learn about the causes and risk factors for this deadly disease, why early detection is the key to curing it and how Houston Methodist specializes in treating it.
Robert McFadden, MD, director of the hepatitis C program at Houston Methodist Hospital, explains how a blood screening is essential in diagnosing hepatitis C, the leading cause of viral hepatitis, liver failure and liver transplantation. Because symptoms are often vague and undetectable, patients may not even know they have hepatitis C for years until serious complications arise.
Though rare, bile duct cancer is the second most common tumor in the liver, says Kirk Heyne, MD. Because symptoms often don’t appear until late stage, this cancer is difficult to detect early. Heyne explains how Houston Methodist specialists treat cholangiocarcinoma patients successfully with experimental therapies and surgery (liver transplants) when necessary.
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
One-third of Americans have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, the accumulation of extra fat in liver cells not caused by alcohol. David Victor, MD, discusses how Houston Methodist doctors combine lifestyle modifications, dietary changes and medications to treat this disorder and ultimately prevent advanced liver disease.
According to Victor Ankoma-Sey, MD, hepatitis C, cirrhosis and portal hypertension (the disruption of normal blood flow from a major vessel in the liver called the portal vein) can lead to advanced liver disease if untreated. Ankoma-Sey explains how physicians at Houston Methodist Hospital treat the serious complications of portal hypertension and continually seek new therapies for this complex disease.