Overview

Overview

Facing a serious illness, such as liver cancer or pancreatic cancer, can be frightening and intimidating – finding excellent care shouldn’t be. The specialists at the Akron General Liver and Pancreas Center understand what you and your loved ones are experiencing, and are here to help.

We strive to see patients as quickly as possible, usually within one or two days, because we believe you shouldn’t have to wait for answers. Our caring team will work with you and your primary care physician to ensure that you receive the best course of treatment possible, whether you’re coming in for an initial appointment or for a second opinion.

Appointment & Information

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the Liver and Pancreas Center at 330.344.LIVR (5487).

Services

Services

Liver Care

The liver is responsible for regulating most chemical levels in the bloodstream. In addition, it processes and cleanses blood, helping to remove toxins from the body. A wide range of conditions can affect your liver, including:

Symptoms

Sometimes, conditions affecting the liver do not cause noticeable symptoms; however, there are some common characteristics that could be a sign of liver disease, including:

  • A tendency to bruise or bleed easily
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Nausea
  • Persistent itching
  • Weight loss

Diagnosis

During your appointment at the Liver and Pancreas Center, we will work with you and any referring physicians to reach a diagnosis as quickly as possible. In addition to an exam, you may be asked to complete additional diagnostic testing, including blood work, a CAT scan or MRI, a biopsy or other testing. These tests, combined with your past medical history and symptoms, will help pinpoint the cause of symptoms.

Treatment

Our goal is to provide the best care as quickly as possible. Treatment is based on your individual condition and needs. Regardless of the underlying condition, Akron General is committed to providing patients with the best possible care, close to home.

For patients requiring liver surgery, Akron General is the first hospital in Ohio to utilize an innovative and novel surgical navigation system called Explorer. This advanced medical device allows surgeons to navigate the liver using three-dimensional medical images and provides surgeons with accurate organ measurements. This tool often allows for a shorter surgery, less blood loss, faster recovery times and improved outcomes.

For patients facing a liver cancer diagnosis, Akron General offers access to a fully comprehensive cancer treatment program that combines the expertise of surgeons, hematologists, radiologists and a full team of support staff, including patient navigators and social workers. This multi-disciplinary approach ensures that patients receive access to all appropriate types of treatment and care as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Pancreatic Care

The pancreas supports the digestive system and the endocrine system, which is responsible for releasing certain chemicals and hormones into the body. Long-time smokers, chronic alcohol users and diabetics may be at an increased risk for developing a pancreatic disease or condition, including:

Symptoms

Everyone is different. Sometimes, symptoms of a pancreatic condition are difficult to detect or non-existent. Some patients may experience symptoms that include:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Indigestion
  • Jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Nausea
  • Poor appetite
  • Upper abdominal pain, swelling or tenderness
  • Weight loss

Diagnosis

During your appointment at the Liver and Pancreas Center, we will work with you and any referring physicians to reach a diagnosis as quickly as possible. In addition to an exam, you may be asked to complete additional diagnostic testing, including blood work, a CAT scan or MRI, a biopsy or other testing. These tests, combined with your past medical history and symptoms, will help pinpoint the cause of symptoms.

Treatment

Our goal is to provide the best care as quickly as possible. Treatment is based on your individual condition and needs. Regardless of the underlying condition, Akron General is committed to providing patients with the best possible care, close to home.

There are several types of surgical procedures that are offered at Akron General for patients needing pancreatic surgery. Depending on the type of disease, its location and the severity, your surgeon will recommend the appropriate procedure.

For patients facing a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, Akron General offers access to a fully comprehensive cancer treatment program that combines the expertise of surgeons, hematologists, radiologists and a full team of support staff, including patient navigators and social workers. This multi-disciplinary approach ensures that patients receive access to all appropriate types of treatment and care as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Staff

Staff

Together with our patients and their primary care physicians, we strive to work together toward the best course of treatment and care. As a multi-disciplinary center, the Akron General Liver and Pancreas Center is comprised of a caring team of physicians, nurses, patient navigators, social workers and more.

Appointments

Appointments

The Akron General Liver and Pancreas Center is located on the first floor of the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) building, which is part of the medical center’s main campus in downtown Akron.

For an appointment, including those seeking a second opinion, please call 330.344.LIVR (5487).

Liver and Pancreas Center
Akron General
1 Akron General Ave.
Akron, OH 44307
330.344.LIVR (5487)