Testing and Diagnosis

Liver doctor examines a patient in front of a group of peopleAt the Texas Liver Tumor Center, our goal is to diagnose and treat our patients as quickly as possible. To accomplish this, we’ve established a streamlined and accelerated patient evaluation process. 

In one day, our patients can meet with a wide range of specialists, receive all necessary diagnostic testing, and leave our state-of-the-art outpatient center with the knowledge and peace of mind that an individualized treatment plan is in place.

We offer:

  • MRI and CT imaging
  • Magnetic resonance elastography
  • Lab work including specific cancer markers

Multidisciplinary Liver Tumor Center Board

The multidisciplinary tumor board meets every clinic day and includes a physician assistant, hepatologist, oncologist, surgeon, interventional radiologist, pathologist, nurse coordinators, dietician and social worker.  After thorough review of the patient’s past and present imaging, labs, and history, the board recommends a comprehensive, individualized plan for each patient.

Genetic testing

Genetic testing looks for specific inherited changes or mutations in an individual’s chromosomes, genes or proteins. Harmful mutations can increase an individual’s change of developing cancer and play a role in about 5-10% of all cancers. Individuals who get certain cancers at a younger age and the specific types of cancers may suggest a genetic link.

If deemed appropriate, our medical team may recommend that a blood sample be taken for genetic testing as part of the medical evaluation. Our experts will then evaluate and interpret your genetic testing results to determine if your cancer has a hereditary component.

Trained genetic counselors will meet with individuals before and after genetic testing to explain what a specific gene test means for their healthcare and to answer any questions. Counselors can also discuss whether screening of family members should be considered.