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Hepatoma Outpatient Department

Ap.Prof.PD. Dr. PhD Matthias Pinter

Senior Physician

Accessibility: Checkpoint 7i, red bed building

Appointments: Phone: +43 (0)1 40400-47500 or -47295
or E-Mail:

Business hours: Monday - Friday by appointment

The most common malignant liver tumors include hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and cholangiocarcinoma (CCC). Both tumors should not be confused with metastases from other cancers (e.g., liver metastases from colorectal cancer). Worldwide, HCC is the fifth most common tumor type overall. In Austria, HCC with about 700 and CCC with about 300 new cases per year are rather among the rarer cancers.

The special feature of HCC is that it develops in 80-90% of cases in liver cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is an advanced scarring of the liver, usually caused by an inflammatory process (viral hepatitis, fatty liver inflammation, alcohol, and others) in the liver over many years.

The circumstance of a tumor disease in a chronically diseased organ (cirrhosis of the liver) makes the care of affected patients complex and requires an experienced interdisciplinary team. Each new patient at the Liver Tumor Outpatient Clinic is therefore presented to the interdisciplinary tumor board. Furthermore, liver function must be taken into account before any therapeutic decision is made, and liver cirrhosis must be adequately treated as well.

Goals and services of the liver tumor outpatient clinic are
Diagnosis of masses/nodules/tumors of the liver
Presentation and therapy evaluation of patients in the interdisciplinary tumor board
Organization or care before, during and after specific tumor therapies, e.g.
- liver transplantation
- liver resection
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) or microwave ablation (MWA)
- Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE)
- Drug therapy
- Organization and implementation of palliative and supportive care

Implementation of clinical-scientific (drug) studies