What does Liver Cancer mean?

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Jan 17, 2013

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Liver CancerLiver is an organ in the abdomen situated in the upper right portion below your diaphragm and above your stomach. It has many different cell types such as liver cells, bile ducts, blood vessels, and fat-storing cells. Liver cells (the hepatocytes) make up majority of the liver tissue (80 per cent).


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Liver cancer can be primary or secondary cancers. The primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) is a cancer arising from the liver cells (hepatocytes). Hepatocellular cancer or carcinoma is the most common type of primary liver cancers (over 90%-95%).Some cancer from other organs such as the colon, lung or breast, can spread to the liver. These are called secondary or metastatic cancer, rather than liver cancer.


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Liver cancer is an important and common form of cancer worldwide. Liver cancer occurs in older adults (>60 years) in the developed nations such as USA, European countries and Australia. However in developing countries of Asia and Africa, liver cancer affects younger adults — between 20 and 50. The signs and symptoms of liver cancer are not very specific. Many other liver diseases and other health problems can also cause similar symptoms.Prognosis of liver cancer is generally guarded as in most cases it is diagnosed in late stages of the disease.Prognosis and response to treatment is better in early stages of liver cancer.


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