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Liver cancer can either originate in the
liver, or be carried in the bloodstream
from its original site to the liver.

One of the most serious forms of cancer, liver cancer that begins in the liver itself is known as "primary" liver cancer.

Since the liver is also the body's main organ for filtering out harmful wastes from the bloodstream, however, it is also the area where cancer has often metastasized, or spread from another part of the body.

Common symptoms of liver cancer begin as tenderness around the abdomen, (especially the upper right part where the liver is located.)

As the disease progresses, a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes becomes a clear signal of jaundice - a condition signaling a backup of bile that the liver is normally capable of processing.

Studies show that major risk factors for primary liver cancer include liver scarring brought about by other liver diseases such as hepatitis B virus and cirrhosis, the latter typically caused by alcohol abuse.

also see in Health:

The Human Liver


The most common form of liver cancer in adults is called hepatocellular carcinoma which begins in the hepatocytes, or main type of liver cell. Treatment of liver cancer depends on how early the disease is diagnosed, the size of the tumor, or whether cirrhosis is a complicating factor.

Patients with small liver tumors - and without the added burden of cirrhosis - are more easily treated with modern techniques such as radio-frequency ablation (RFA) and other therapies.

For larger tumors, or if there is cirrhosis present, most surgeons recommend partial liver removal or a complete liver transplant as the main course of treatment.

More about liver cancer around the Web:

On the Web, find out more about liver cancer diagnosis and screening, symptoms and prognosis, treatment options & current survival rates, plus information on current clinical trials that are bringing new hope to liver cancer patients and their families ....

Liver & Bile Duct Cancer - for patients - National Cancer Institute
- Comprehensive facts & information on causes and risks in children & adults, cryosurgery treatment, targeted cancer therapies and metastatic cancer, screening and diagnosing, how to locate clinical trials, related research and statistics.

Liver Cancer - A guide to the topic from the American Cancer Society with information on causes, risk factors and treatment, survival rates, questions to ask your doctor, follow-up care and links to related resources.

Liver Biopsy - Brief, illustrated fact sheet with information on the diagnostic procedure plus advice on preparation and recovery time, with related links.

This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.

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