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What is the difference between primary and secondary liver cancer ?

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Dr. Merry Jennifer Markham
Dr. Merry Jennifer Markhamanswered
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Where cancer started: A primary liver cancer began in the liver. The original cell that turned cancerous was from the liver. A secondary liver cancer began somewhere else and spread to the liver.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
A colon cancer when it spreads to the liver would be secondary liver cancer.
Jun 6, 2012
Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Where it started: Cancer that starts in the liver is primary liver cancer. Cancer that started someplace else then moved (metastasized) to the liver is secondary liver cancer.

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