Liver Cancer

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Liver cancer is cancer that begins in the cells of the liver. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this type of cancer in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Liver cancer is cancer that begins in the cells of your liver. Your liver is a football-sized organ that sits in the upper right portion of your abdomen, beneath your diaphragm and above your stomach.

Several types of cancer can form in the liver. The most common type is hepatocellular carcinoma.

Not all cancers that affect the liver are considered liver cancer. Cancer that begins in another area of the body and then spreads to the liver is called metastatic cancer rather than liver cancer. This type of cancer is named after the organ in which it began such as metastatic colon cancer to describe cancer that begins in the colon and spreads to the liver.

Cancer that spreads to the liver is more common than cancer that begins in the liver cells.

Treatments for primary liver cancer depend on the extent of the disease as well as your age, overall health and personal preferences. Treatment options may include chemotherapy, radiation or surgery.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.