Liver cancer is the abnormal growth of cells from the liver. There are several types of cancer that can occur in the liver. The most common type is hepatocellular carcinoma – this begins in the primary liver cells, the hepatocytes.
Other less common cancers originating from the liver include:
- Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer)
- Hepatoblastoma (rare cancer affecting young children)
- Hemangiosarcoma (cancer arising from the blood vessels of the liver)
Metastatic cancer – that is cancer from a different origin that spreads to the liver, is more common than cancers that begin in the liver itself.
It is important to detect liver cancer early as the tumour can progressively enlarge till they rupture, disturb the functions of the liver, or spread through the bloodstream to other parts of the body.