Are there different types of liver cancer?

Types of primary liver cancer. There are two main types of primary liver cancer - hepatocellular carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma. Hepatocellular carcinoma (also known as hepatoma or HCC) is the most common type of liver cancer. It starts in the main cells of your liver called hepatocytes.


Cholangiocarcinoma starts in the cells that line your bile duct and is commonly known as cancer of the bile duct. Your bile duct is a tube that connects your liver to your small bowel.

More rare types of liver cancer include:
• angiosarcoma - this starts in the blood vessels of your liver
hepatoblastoma - this usually affects young children
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Related Questions

My friend has liver cancer. She has differnt chemos but now she is getting poorly. Is they a chance of a different chemo?

It depends. Mostly it depends on what pathologic type the tumor is and where it started. For several, there are protocols in which a new chemorx is used when the original one fails. See if your friend's oncologist can get her into a research study. I'm glad you are there for her. Read more...

Is AFP included on a complete metabolic panel? Or is a separate blood test? Is AFP elevated for liver cancer only or any type of liver mass?

AFP not on CMP. Hi. No, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is not on a comprehencive metabolic panel (CMP). AFP can be run on same tube if sample size is adequate, but it is a completely separate test. AFP elevation is NOT specific for liver cancer, and can be seen in other liver diseases and other cancers. Good luck! Read more...

What is liver cancer?

HCC. There are many types of cancers that can develop in or spread to the liver. The most common type is hepatocellular carcinoma and it is usually the type referred to when someone talks about "liver cancer". Read more...
Cancer. Liver cancer is an uncontrolled growth of liver cells due to disregulation of the mechanisms which control cell reproduction. It can be caused by chronic inflammation of the liver due to chronic infections, alcoholism, or chronic use of medications which adversely affect the liver. Read more...

Is liver cancer painful?

Not usually. Liver cancer is usually not painful. The condition that leads to liver cancer (chronic hepatitis/cirrhosis) can cause vague pain in the right upper quadrant of the belly. Most liver cancer is picked up in asymptomatic patients by lab tests or by scans. Occasionally a patient will have painless yellowing of the skin due to liver cancer. Read more...

Symptoms of liver cancer?

Varies . Most of the time there will be no symptoms until cancer becomes big enough to cause problems. U may turn yellow along w really dark urine, fatigue, swollen abdomen, legs etc.... Read more...
None. Primary liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (hcc), has no symptoms early on. But most cases of hcc are associated with cirrhosis, the symptoms and signs of which include jaundice, muscle wasting, hepatosplenomegaly, variceal gasteointestinal bleeding, encephalopathy and the development of ascites. Pts with cirrhosis should be screened every 6 mo for hcc with a liver us and an AFP check. Read more...

How common is liver cancer?

Depends on geography. And cancer type. Primary liver cancer is not common in the usa, but it is the most frequent cancer in areas with high prevalence of hepatitis b infection. If metastatic liver cancers are included, then liver cancer is common even in the usa. Read more...

Is liver cancer hereditary?

It can be. Many factors can increase one's risk for primary liver cancer including: chronic infection with hepatitis b or c virus, type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, heavy alcohol use, obesity, exposure to certain toxins, and inherited liver diseases that can lead to cirrhosis such as hemochromatosis, wilson's disease, tyrosinemia, Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, glycogen, and porphyria. Read more...

Is liver cancer on the rise?

Yes. Liver cancer incidence (or HCC) is on the rise in the US due to the epidemic of hepatitis C, the migration of immigrants with hepatitis B to the US, and the epidemic of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. All are risk factors for HCC. Read more...
Yes. It is on the rise because more patients with hepatitis c are getting older. So the incidence of cirrhosis and liver cancer are increasing. Read more...

How can I treat liver cancer?

Options. The preferred treatment options for early cases are surgical removal and in selected patients liver transplants- these have the best results. For more advanced cases chemotherapy infused into the liver or oral drugs such as sorafenib can be used. Read more...
Treating "liver. Cancer" is not a "do-it-yourself" project for the neophyte. First, is it cancer that started in the liver, or cancer from someplace else that moved in and is taking over? Approach night and day difference: the former starts with surgey, the latter may end with surgery but only after many other things are done. Some also lump bile duct tumors with the liver. Don't be foolish. Read more...

What exactly is liver cancer?

Tumor mass. Liver involved with different malignancies. A liver cancer should be related to cancer arising in liver cells and not cells that have spread to the liver from different forms of cancer. A primary liver tumor can arise from hepatitis B and C with induction thru a cirrhotic process. Other causes are from blood vessel lesions, and various primary sarcomas as well as tumors arising in bile duct. Read more...