Hepatology unit

The Hepatology Unit at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra has more than 20 years’ experience in diagnosis and treatment of hepatic diseases.

The Clínica pioneered in the introduction of the use of gene therapy in the treatment of liver tumours and hereditary metabolic diseases, and we have vast experience in the diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis and hepatic cancer using radioembolisation systems with Yttrium-90 microspheres.

The Clínica is also a reference in Spain for carrying out liver transplants from a living donor.

Furthermore, we have been developing research into the molecules which cause primary biliary cirrhosis and liver cancer.

The Hepatology Unit works alongside the Internal Medicine Department in the same centre and the Genetic Therapy and Hepatology Department at CIMA (Center of Applied Medical Research).

We have a specialised nursing team, as patients suffering from hepatic diseases are especially in need of nursing care as they have high levels of varied symptomology, which reduces their quality of life.

Radioembolisation is a novel treatment for inoperable liver tumors. [Video only available in Spanish]

We do research to create new molecular treatment and gene therapy strategies to improve the survival rates of our patients".

The unit is fully prepared to carry out the most advanced procedures from early diagnosis to the most sophisticated treatments, including a hepatic transplant programme from a cadaver or living donor.

The Clínica offers quick diagnoses, which is very important when dealing with hepatic cancer, and this is made possible thanks to our leading imaging equipment and techniques.

After diagnosis, a multidisciplinary team with specialists from various departments creates a treatment plan using the most advanced technology.

The hepatic transplant results at the Clínica are amongst the best in the world. The percentage of patients for which it is possible to completely remove the tumour is also one of the highest in the country. The rate of complications associated with this procedure is low.

The Clínica uses conventional radiology operating techniques (radiofrequency or arterial emobolisation) which have similar results for their efficiency and safety to some of the best centres in the world.

With more than 20 years´ experience, we have all the embolization particles available on the market and use radioembolisation, a technique in which we have more experience than any other European hospital.

The Hepatology Unit is specialised in all diseases that affect the liver.

Some of the most common and well known conditions are:

The Hepatology Unit is assisted by, mainly, the Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Pathological Anatomy departments. Furthermore, it has all the Clínica´s technological advances at its disposal.

Some of the most commonly used tests include:

To treat liver diseases, the Hepatology Unit offers the latest treatments available.

We are pioneering in carrying out procedures and treatment follow-up care, such as hepatic transplants and radioembolisation with Yttrium-90 microspheres. We have the most extensive experience in Spain of these procedures, and excellent results.



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El objetivo de este estudio es evaluar la eficacia (lo bien que funciona el fármaco), seguridad y tolerabilidad de un fármaco en investigación denominado Nivolumab (también conocido como BMS-936558). Nivolumab es un anticuerpo (un tipo de proteína humana) que se está analizando para comprobar si permitirá al sistema inmunitario del organismo luchar contra las células tumorales. En este estudio, se investigará Nivolumab en pacientes con cáncer de hígado avanzado que no hayan recibido tratamiento sistémico previo, para establecer si mejorará la supervivencia global y el tiempo hasta la progresión (cuando la enfermedad ha empeorado) en comparación con Sorafenib.

I would tell anyone who has the same condition I have to trust in themselves and the physicians, because it is worth it. Truthfully, fight, because by fighting it you will overcome it."

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Patient with hepatocarcinoma treated with radioembolisation with Yttrium microspheres

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