Liver cancer is a rare cancer that starts in the cells of the liver. Doctors have divided this cancer into four main types.
About half of people diagnosed with liver cancer will have the disease only in their liver. Liver cancer tends to develop in several parts of the liver at the same time.
To help with the diagnosis, your doctor may order an ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, or other diagnostic tests.
Your treatment plan will depend on your age and health and the extent of your disease. You may need surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these.
Side effects are common during cancer treatment. You may not have any side effects, or you may have several. Your health care team will work to ease any side effects you may experience.
Learn more about liver cancer from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Physician Data Query (PDQ®) for patients. It includes information about prevention, screening, and treatment.