Liver Cancer


Liver cancer is a disease in which the liver cells become abnormal and grow out of control form a cancerous tumor. This type of tumor is called primary liver cancer (malignant hepatoma or hepatocellular carcicoma). In contrast, metastatic liver cancer begins elsewhere and spreads to the liver. The liver is the largest organ in the body. Filters out harmful substances from the blood, digests fats from food and stores the sugar that the body needs for energy. The main risk factors for developing this primary liver cancer are hepatitis and cirrhosis or liver scarring. Treatment options include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a liver transplant.