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PRIMARY LIVER CANCER REFERRAL

Suspected Primary Liver Cancer

If a patient has Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC), interventions may include:

  • Surgical resection 
  • Liver transplantation
  • Interventional radiology procedures for patients not suitable for the above – percutaneous ablation or transarterialchemoembolism
  • New treatments, which are constantly emerging
  • Palliative care 

If a patient has primary HCC, and requires psychological interventions and/or supportive counselling, referral to appropriate psycho-oncology services should be considered. 

How to Refer

For all referrals

Criteria

  • New suspicious liver lesion – hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
  • Ultrasound shows dilated common bile ducts (>10mm) and/or intrahepatic dilatation

Referral information required

  • Reason for referral
  • All investigations
  • Blood test results
  • Up-to-date patient contact details, including any mobile numbers
  • If an interpreter is required, and in which language
  • Name of specialist

Westmead Hospital Referral

  • Send a referral letter clearly marked urgent, and containing the following relevant information via fax to Westmead Hospital on (02) 8890 8333.  The referral will be triaged by a gastroenterologist within one week
  • If there has been no response after 7 to 10 days, phone University Clinics on (02) 8890 6544 for more information about the date of the appointment
  • If no appointment has been provided, or to discuss the urgency of a referral, contact the Gastroenterology Advanced Trainee through the main switchboard (02) 8890 5555

Blacktown Hospital Referral

Address the referral letter to a specific gastroenterologist:

  • Prof Golo Ahlenstiel
  • Dr Roslyn Vongsuvanh
  • Dr Raymond Kwok
  • Send a referral letter clearly marked urgent, and containing the following relevant information via fax to Blacktown Hospital on (02) 9881 7198.  
  • If there has been no response after 7 to 10 days, phone the liver diseases clinic (Prof Golo Ahlenstiel) on (02) 9881‑8393 for more information about the date of the appointment.
  • If no appointment has been provided, contact the Gastroenterology Advanced Trainee through the main hospital switchboard (02) 9881‑8000. 

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