Liver cancer is cancer that starts in the liver cells. Your liver is an organ the size of a soccer ball located in the upper right of your abdomen, under the diaphragm and above your abdomen. The most common type of liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma, which starts in the main type of liver cells (hepatocytes). Other types of liver cancer, such as intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and hepatoblastoma, are much rarer.
All liver cancers are not considered liver cancer. Cancer that starts in another part of the body (such as the colon, lungs or breast) and then spreads to the liver is called metastatic cancer, not liver cancer. And this type of cancer is named after the organ in which it started, such as metastatic colon cancer, to describe cancer that starts in the colon and spreads in the liver. Cancer starts in the liver cells is more common. The exact cause of its onset is not known but chronic infection with hepatitis viruses may be the reason for liver cancer. It can be manifested by
- Loss of appetite and weight
- Upper abdominal pain and swelling
- Nausea and vomiting
- General weakness and fatigue
- Yellowing of the skin and the eyes
- White, chalky stool
It can be treated with antiviral drugs is caused by the virus. Anti-inflammatory drugs and other pain relievers are also prescribed. In certain situations, surgery may be recommended.