The Hepatology / Liver Disease Program at the Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) Transplantation Institute is a comprehensive program for the management and treatment of adult and pediatric liver diseases. Our multidisciplinary team of liver experts has extensive experience diagnosing and treating all forms and stages of liver disease with the latest cutting-edge tools and advanced therapies. Through carefully developed patient care plans, LLUMC meets the needs of our patients while maximizing the best possible outcomes.

Liver Tumor Approach 

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common cancer in the world. The decision to enroll into a surveillance program is determined by level of risk for HCC, especially in those patients with Hepatitis B and cirrhosis. The key to survival is early detection.

The Liver Tumor Clinic (LTC) aims to improve survival rates and quality of life for all HCC patients through comprehensive, whole-person care. With extensive experience serving patients with HCC, our multidisciplinary team develops a formal plan tailored to the patient.

LTC provides the following services:

  • History and physical examinations
  • Tumor staging
  • Tumor treatment and management, including:
    • Surgical resection
    • Transarterial embolization and chemoembolization (TACE)
    • Radio frequency ablation (RFA)
    • Proton beam radiation
    • Liver transplantation
  • Providing the latest biomedical anti-tumor agents
  • Liver Transplantation evaluation for HCC patients who meet UNOS criteria
  • Downsizing tumor size to achieve liver transplantation criteria by UNOS standards
  • Palliative care and management for those without cure
  • Clinical trials
  • Patient education
  • Community awareness of HCC

Clinical Trials

An experienced transplant center couched in an academic setting, the LLUMC Transplantation Institute finds new and improved treatments for hepatology / liver disease patients through clinical trials. Carefully regulated by our experienced physicians, these structured research studies answer specific questions to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new treatments, devices, vaccines and procedures.

Ascites Management

Ascites is the abnormal buildup of fluid inside the abdomen, causing the abdomen to become very large due to complications of liver cirrhosis. Prior to treatment, LLUMC’s dedicated team takes on a multidisciplinary approach to determine the cause of ascites before appropriate management and treatment can be determined. A dedicated intensivist provides the removal of fluid (paracentesis) at the discretion of our hepatology team.

Hepatitis B & C Programs

Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C have the potiential of being a serious viral infection that can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer or liver failure. These diseases require a dedicated team to diagnose, stage and treat using the most current options available.

NASH

Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, is an inflammation of liver caused by the buildup of fat. NASH can potentially get worse and cause liver scarring, resulting in cirrhosis. It’s most common among obese and diabetic individuals. At LLUMC, we offer weight management services and surgical options for eligible patients to maintain better health and an improved quality of life.

Contact Us

With the accessibility of our facilities and ease of scheduling an appointment, LLUMC’s compassionate staff is dedicated to providing you with whole-person care. Our commitment to the well-being of your mind, body and spirit begins with your request for an appointment. Make an appointment by calling us toll-free at 1-800-548-3790 or locally at 909-558-3636, by filling out an online request form, or by visiting our facilities today.

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