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What is liver ca​ncer?

Hepatobiliary cancer (liver, gallbladder and bile duct cancer) is cancer that is found in the liver. The liver is an organ which produces bile, which helps carry away waste, break down fats during digestion and carry fats through the body.​

Our service​


The hepatobiliary team at the NSCC manages all types and stages of liver cancer from diagnosis, treatment and supportive care, including assessment of symptoms and side effects. The hepatobiliary cancer service provides comprehensive personalised cancer care treatment delivered by a multidisciplinary team. Our holistic approach helps to optimise treatment outcomes and improve quality of life. This service includes diagnosis, treatment, supportive care and community outreach for patients.

Patient cases are discussed at a multi-disciplinary team meeting (MDT) to ensure the best possible treatment recommendation is made. Our multidisciplinary team is comprised of hepatobiliary surgeons, Medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, a hepatobiliary cancer nurse coordinator, interventional radiologist, pathologists, radiologists, palliative care and allied health.

Supportive care services include nutrition, social work and psychology.​


Multidisciplinar​y team (MDT) and clinics

MDT occurs fortnightly on Tuesdays
GI clinic runs every Thursday afternoon in NSCC 


  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Gall bladder and bile duct cancer
  • Benign and incidental liver tumours
  • Liver metastases

Liver cancer experts​​​


Prof Thomas Hugh 
Prof Jas Samra

 Radiation oncologists

Prof. Andrew Kneebone 
A/Prof. George Hruby

 Medical oncologists

Prof. Nick Pavlakis
A/Prof​ Connie Diakos
Dr David Chan
Dr Madhawa De Silva

 Interventional radiologists

Dr Richie Maher 
Dr Albert Goh 
Dr Tim Shore
Dr Lucian Roseverne

 Hepatobiliary cancer nurse coordinator

CNC Ellie Ghaffari (Tuesday-Thursday)​​

​Cancer nurse coordinators​​

  • Ellie Ghaffari (Tuesday-Thursday)

    I have oncology and surgical nursing experience and have worked across public sector. My main area of interest and expertise is liver cancer. I have completed a Master of Nursing at the University of Western Sydney. I am a member of CNSA, COSA. I am here to help, support and guide you and your family through your cancer journey. I will help you understand your treatment plan by consulting with you and your family members to describe the comprehensive spectrum of services available.


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Questions to ask your doctor​​

When diagnosed with cancer, it's common to feel overwhelmed and forget questions to ask the doctor. The Cancer Council offers a list of suggested questions for you or your carer to ask at appointments.

These can help you be more involved in your care.

Useful links​

ChevronFor information on cancers, support and services:External LinkCancer Council NSW
ChevronFor information on cancer treatments and patient information sheets:External LinkeviQ (Can​cer Treatment Online)
ChevronFor consumer medicine information on Lenvima:External LinkLenvima