Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
Mercy doctors offer a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C that cures most patients and saves lives. Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus and can lead to permanent liver damage if untreated.
The Urology Specialists of Maryland offer top rated bladder, kidney, and prostate doctors.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
The Center for Liver and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Mercy in Baltimore is proud of its expert doctors who are recognized as pioneers in diagnosing and treating liver disease. Dr. Paul Thuluvath, Dr. Anurag Maheshwari and Dr. Hwan Yoo are dedicated to finding the best treatment options for patients with liver cancer. Dr. Thuluvath conducts and participates in liver cancer research trials to help discover effective new treatments for liver cancer.
Hepatocellular carcinoma, or liver cancer, is a malignant tumor that begins in the liver. Liver cancer most often occurs in livers that have been damaged by birth defects, alcohol abuse, or chronic infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hemochromatosis, and cirrhosis. Sometimes cancers from other organs spread to the liver. This kind of cancer is not hepatocellular cancer but rather metastatic cancer and is treated according to the location in which the cancer originated.
Liver cancer symptoms do not appear in the early stages of cancer. Often liver cancer symptoms are the same as other liver diseases and can include:
Rarely diagnosed early, tests for liver cancer include:
Since patients with hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or cirrhosis are at high risk for liver cancer, they should be monitored regularly to watch for any liver tumor development.
A multidisciplinary approach to liver cancer is important for the best possible outcomes as the team of doctors will decide on the best treatment approach. Liver cancer sometimes can be removed with surgery, radiofrequency ablation (RFA), or transarterial chemoembolization (TACE). In some cases of liver cancer, a liver transplant may be a treatment option.
When cancer runs in your family, it is hard to avoid. Certain foods, supplements and a balanced diet may help reduce your risks.
Hear the inspiring story of a man who survived colon cancer, liver cancer and a liver transplant - treated by a team doctors at Mercy.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
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