Liver Cancer Program: For Patients


Patient ChartsAll patients with primary liver cancer referred to the National Cancer Institute are presented and discussed at a weekly interdisciplinary tumor board to identify the best and most effective treatment options.


Clinical Team


Patient Referrals

Donna Mabry Hrones

Donna Mabry Hrones
Nurse Practitioner
Thoracic and Gastrointestinal Oncology Branch
NCI Center for Cancer Research
Tel: 240-858-3155
donna.mabry@nih.gov


Second Opinion and Consultations


If you have recently been diagnosed or have been diagnosed in the past with an HCC or cholangiocellular carcinoma and would like to hear a second opinion, please contact Dr. Greten by e-mail.


Educational Resources for Patients


Learn more by visiting the NCI links below.

Tim F. Greten, M.D.
Senior Investigator
gretentf@mail.nih.gov (link sends e-mail)
240-760-6114
Suzanne Fioravanti
Suzanne Fioravanti, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N.
Research Nurse Specialist
fioravas@nih.gov (link sends e-mail)
240-760-6113
Melissa Walker
Melissa Walker
Research Nurse Specialist
240-760-6119
Cecilia Monge, M.D.
Cecilia Monge, MD
Staff Physician
240-858-3603

About Liver Cancer


The liver has many important functions in the body. For example, it cleans toxins from the blood, makes bile that helps digest fat, makes substances that help blood clot, and makes, stores, and releases sugar for energy.

Primary liver cancer is cancer that starts in the liver. The most common type of primary liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma, which occurs in the tissue of the liver. When cancer starts in other parts of the body and spreads to the liver, it is called liver metastasis.

Liver cancer is rare in children and teenagers, but there are two types of liver cancer that can form in children. Hepatoblastoma occurs in younger children, and hepatocellular carcinoma occurs in older children and teenagers.

The bile ducts are tubes that carry bile between the liver and gallbladder and the intestine. Bile duct cancer is also called cholangiocarcinoma. When it begins in the bile ducts inside the liver, it is called intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. When it begins in the bile ducts outside the liver, it is called extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. Extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma is much more common than intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma.