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Liver Cancer

Liver Cancer Symptoms and Causes

Liver cancer refers to tumors that are malignant and can spread to other parts of the body. The most common form of primary liver cancer is hepatoma.

Other, less common primary liver cancers include:

  • Cholangiocarcinoma — a cancer that originates in the lining of the bile channels in the liver or in the bile ducts
  • Hepatoblastoma — cancer in infants and children, sometimes causing the release of hormones that result in early puberty
  • Angiosarcoma — a rare cancer that originates in the blood vessels of the liver

Liver Cancer Symptoms

Although each individual may experience liver cancer symptoms differently, the most common symptoms of a liver hepatoma are:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Large mass can be felt in upper, right part of abdomen
  • Fever
  • Jaundice — yellowing of the skin and eyes

Liver Cancer Causes

Cancerous (malignant) tumors in the liver have either originated in the liver (primary liver cancer) or spread from cancer sites elsewhere in the body (metastatic liver cancer). Most cancerous tumors in the liver are metastatic.

Chronic infection with hepatitis B and C increases the risk of developing this type of liver cancer. Other liver cancer causes include cancer-causing substances, alcoholism and chronic liver cirrhosis.