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  Liver cancer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hepatic tumors are tumors or growths on or in the liver (medical terms pertaining to the liver often start in hepato- or hepatic from the Greek word for liver, hepar).
The most frequent, malignant, primary liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma (also named hepatoma, which is a misnomer because adenomas are usually benign).
More rare primary forms of liver cancer include cholangiocarcinoma, mixed tumors, tumors of mesenchymal tissue, sarcoma and hepatoblastoma, a rare malignant tumor in children.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Liver_cancer   (225 words)

  
 Primary liver cancer : Cancerbackup
Cancerous (malignant) tumours of the liver can be primary cancercancer starting in the liver itself or secondary or metastatic cancercancer which started in another part of the body and has spread to the liver.
Surgery is the most effective treatment for primary liver cancer, but this is not always possible due to the size or position of the tumour.
Liver resection If only certain areas of the liver are affected by the cancer and the rest of the liver is healthy, it may be possible to have an operation to remove the affected part: this is called a liver resection.
www.cancerbackup.org.uk /Cancertype/Liver/Primarylivercancer   (3337 words)

  
 Liver Cancer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Liver cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in the liver.
Liver cancer is called secondary when a cancer starts in another part of the body and spreads to the liver.
Liver cancer is often caused by the spread of cancer from another part of the body.
www.cancer.med.umich.edu /learn/liver.htm   (705 words)

  
 Liver Cancer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Hepatocellular carcinoma is a cancer arising from the liver.
Liver cancer is also strongly associated with hereditary tyrosinemia, a childhood biochemical abnormality that results in early cirrhosis.
The hepatitis C virus is a major cause of chronic liver disease in the U.S. It accounts for about 20% of acute hepatitis cases, 60-70% of chronic hepatitis cases, and 30% of cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease, and liver cancer cases.
janis7hepc.com /liver_cancer.htm   (11189 words)

  
 Cancer | Liver Cancer
Cancer of the liver, which may be primary or secondary cancer, involves an uncontrolled growth of cells.
Because secondary cancer is present in at least two organs, the treatment possibilities are more limited than for primary liver cancer.
Certain inherited conditions also predispose a person to liver cancer, including tyrosinemia in children, a rare disorder in which the body can't effectively break down the amino acid tyrosine, and untreated hemochromatosis, a disorder that causes the body to absorb and store too much iron, in adults.
www.ucsfhealth.org /adult/medical_services/cancer/liver   (288 words)

  
 Liver cancer
Liver cancer can be a primary cancer (starts in the liver) or a secondary cancer (starts in another part of the body and spreads to the liver).
These liver cancers are named after the primary cancer for example, breast cancer that has spread to the liver is called metastatic breast cancer.
Most liver cancers are secondary liver cancers, which means a cancer that starts somewhere else in the body and spreads to the liver.
www.disability.vic.gov.au /dsonline/dsarticles.nsf/pages/Liver_cancer?OpenDocument   (857 words)

  
 Liver Cancer
Liver cancer is fairly uncommon in the U.S.A. with20,000 new cases and 15,000 deaths each year in the United States.
The most common malignant liver cancers are hepatocellular carcinoma (80% of cases) which arises from the liver cells themselves, and is also known as ahepatoma (a poor name for liver cancer, since it sounds benign).
If their are multiple areas of cancer in the liver, the chances are much higher that it began in some other organ and then spread to the liver.
www.canceranswers.com /Liver.Cancer.html   (2621 words)

  
 Liver Cancer
HCC is a cancer of the hepatocyte, which is one of the main functional cell types in the liver.
Liver cancer develops when the organized control of cell growth and death is disrupted.
Hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) is the most common malignant tumor in the liver in the adult.
www.usclivercancer.org /aboutlivercancer.html   (315 words)

  
 Liver Cancer
Liver cancer is relatively rare in the United States, accounting for about one and a half percent of all cancers, according to NCI.
Cancer is found only in one part of the liver, but the cancer cannot be totally removed.
Stage III childhood liver cancer means that some of the cancer may be removed in an operation, but some of the tumor cannot be removed and remains either in the abdomen or in the lymph nodes.
www.stayinginshape.com /3osfcorp/libv/c15.shtml   (972 words)

  
 Sloan-Kettering - Liver Cancer
Cholangiocarcinoma (cancer in the sections of the bile ducts within the liver) is another kind of primary liver cancer but is a rare form of the disease, representing about ten percent of diagnoses.
Because one of the liver's main functions is to filter blood for the entire body, cancer cells from other parts of the body may become lodged in the liver and develop into tumors.
The five main risk factors for liver cancer are chronic viral hepatitis, alcohol use or abuse; inherited metabolic diseases that affect the liver; environmental factors; and physical conditions, such as obesity or diabetes.
www.mskcc.org /document/WICHEPAT.htm   (529 words)

  
 Health Information - Yale Medical Group
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).
liver biopsy - a procedure in which tissue samples from the liver are removed (with a needle or during surgery) from the body for examination under a microscope.
When liver cancer is diagnosed, tests will be performed to determine how much cancer is present, and if the cancer has spread from the liver to other parts of the body.
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 Liver cancer - MayoClinic.com
Although many cancers are declining in the United States, new cases of primary liver cancer are increasing and are likely to continue to increase for the next two decades.
Liver cancer also occurs as metastatic cancer, which happens when tumors from other parts of the body spread (metastasize) to the liver.
Rather than being called liver cancer, this type of cancer in the liver is named after the organ in which it began — such as metastatic colon cancer in cancer that starts in the colon and spreads to the liver.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/liver-cancer/DS00399   (290 words)

  
 Liver Cancer
Liver cancer is typically an offshoot of cancer elsewhere in the body.
Because the liver is one of the body's major organs for filtering and purifying blood, it's especially vulnerable to invasion by blood-borne cancer cells.
When cancer starts independently in the liver, it is often linked to chronic infection with hepatitis B or C, or to the degenerative liver disease known as cirrhosis.
www.healthsquare.com /mc/fgmc9084.htm   (761 words)

  
 Liver Cancer
Liver cancer is much more prevalent in many of the developing countries than in the industrialized world.
The risk factors are: Chronic Hepatitis, Cirrhosis of the liver and liver flukes (parasites).
A known human carcinogen, vinyl chloride can cause liver cancer, brain cancer, angiosarcoma, and other health problems in people who are exposed to it.
www.mamashealth.com /cancer/livercancer.asp   (440 words)

  
 Liver cancer
Rather than being referred to as liver cancer, this type of cancer is usually named after the organ where it originated and is described as "metastatic." For instance, cancer that has spread to the liver from the colon is referred to as metastatic colon cancer.
Because the liver is close to a number of significant organs — including the pancreas, gallbladder, stomach, colon, breasts and lungs — and because the liver is richly supplied with blood, it's especially vulnerable to metastatic tumors.
The cancer is found in only one part of your liver, but can't be completely removed, either because the noncancerous portion of your liver isn't healthy or the cancer is located near your liver's main arteries, veins and bile ducts.
cnnstudentnews.cnn.com /HEALTH/library/DS/00399.html   (5523 words)

  
 Liver Cancer
Unfortunately, liver cancer is a silent disease and always to be found in a terminal stage.
Orthodox liver cancer treatment (surgery, radiation and chemotherapy) has showed, in some cases, potential in relieving symptoms and improving the patient's quality of life.
It is of high efficiency in killing cancer cells, boosting immunity and thus reducing cancer body, inhibiting cancer growth and metastasis, alleviating clinical symptoms and pain, prolonging life expectancy and improving life quality.
www.4uherb.com /cancer/liver/treat.htm   (460 words)

  
 Liver Cancer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells in an organ, such as the lung, colon or skin.
Cancer can be life threatening, because malignant cells can invade surrounding tissue and spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body.
Secondary liver cancer is common for primary malignant tumors that originated in the lung, colon, breast, etc. and spread to the liver.
www.healthatoz.com /healthatoz/Atoz/dc/caz/canc/livc/livc_gen_ovw.jsp   (830 words)

  
 BWH General and Gastrointestinal Surgery Hepatic (Liver) Cancer Information
Liver cancer may also be asympomatic and in these cases are first suggested by laboratory and radiological tests.
The major risk factor for secondary liver cancer is a history of a prior malignancy (especially colorectal cancer).
The treatment of liver cancer is rapidly evolving; therefore, it is particularly important that patients with these cancers be evaluated by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons and oncologists who have expertise in treating this condition.
www.brighamandwomens.org /generalsurg/cancer/hepatic_cancers.asp   (233 words)

  
 Cancer Information, Research, and Treatment for all Types of Cancer | OncoLink
Cancer of the liver is a rare malignancy in the United States, but in parts of Asia and Africa, it is one of the most common malignancies.
The liver is generally tender to palpation, and jaundice and portal hypertension may be present.
Cancer of the liver spreads throughout the organ and invades the portal vein and lymphatics.
www.oncolink.org /types/article.cfm?c=5&s=15&ss=113&id=1738   (478 words)

  
 ACS :: What Is Liver Cancer?
The liver, unlike most of the other organs, receives blood from 2 sources: the hepatic artery supplies the liver with blood from the heart that is rich in oxygen and the portal vein carries nutrient-rich blood from the intestines.
A second type of liver cancer develops as many smaller cancer nodules throughout the liver almost from the beginning and is not confined to a single tumor.
Most of the time when cancer is found in the liver it did not start there but spread, or metastasized, from a cancer that started somewhere else in the body.
www.cancer.org /docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_1X_What_is_liver_cancer_25.asp   (1185 words)

  
 ACS :: What Is Liver Cancer?
Because the liver is made up of several different types of cells, several types of tumors can form in the liver.
A second type of liver cancer begins in many spots throughout the liver and is not confined to a single tumor.
Most of the time when cancer is found in the liver, it did not start there but spread to the liver from a cancer that began somewhere else in the body.
www.cancer.org /docroot/cri/content/cri_2_2_1x_what_is_liver_cancer_25.asp   (734 words)

  
 Liver Disease, Liver Cancer, Hepatitis, Jaundice and Cirrhosis of the Liver
Liver Disease, Liver Cancer, Hepatitis, Jaundice and Cirrhosis of the Liver
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) refers to a wide spectrum of liver disease ranging from simple fatty liver (steatosis), to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), to cirrhosis (irreversible, advanced scarring of the liver).
All of the stages of NAFLD have in common the accumulation of fat (fatty infiltration) in the liver cells (hepatocytes).
www.medicinenet.com /liver/focus.htm   (212 words)

  
 Understanding Liver Cancer -- Basic Information
The liver can be affected by primary liver cancer, which arises in the liver, or by cancer which forms in other sites and then spreads to the liver.
Most liver cancer is secondary or metastatic, meaning the malignancy originated elsewhere in the body -- usually the colon, lung or breast.
Primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) tends to occur in livers damaged by birth defects, alcohol abuse, or chronic infection with diseases such as hepatitis B and C, hemochromatosis (too much iron in the liver), and cirrhosis.
www.webmd.com /content/article/65/72665.htm   (478 words)

  
 Liver Cancer
A metastatic liver cancer is a cancer that started in another organ, such as the colon, and spread to the liver.
The liver is the most common site of metastasis for many types of cancer, including stomach, pancreas, and colon.
An early diagnosis of primary liver cancer is often difficult to make because it has few symptoms.
www.legacyhealth.org /body.cfm?id=106&oTopID=96&PLinkID=12   (643 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Coffee may help prevent liver cancer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Animal studies have suggested a protective association of coffee with liver cancer, so the research team led by Monami Inoue of the National Cancer Center in Tokyo analyzed a 10-year public health study to determine coffee use by people diagnosed with liver cancer and people who did not have cancer.
They found the likely occurrence of liver cancer in people who never or almost never drank coffee was 547.2 cases per 100,000 people over 10 years.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 18,920 new cases of liver cancer were diagnosed in the United States last year and some 14,270 people died of the illness.
www.usatoday.com /news/health/2005-02-15-coffee-liver_x.htm   (868 words)

  
 Ferret Liver Cancer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Like most diseases, the diagnosis of liver cancer is made based on history, examination findings, and diagnostic tests.
Some ferrets are diagnosed as having cancer when an abdominal surgery is being performed for other reasons (adrenal gland disease, spay, insulinoma).
This test tube is filled with fluid that was taken from a ferret that had a distended abdomen due to liver cancer.
www.lbah.com /ferrets/ferretcancer.htm   (1248 words)

  
 Adult primary liver cancer definition - Cancer information on MedicineNet.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Adult primary liver cancer: A tumor in which the cancer starts during adulthood in cells in the liver.
Primary liver cancer is different from cancer that has metastasized (spread) from another place in the body to the liver.
Aflatoxin has also been implicated as a factor in the etiology (causation) of primary liver cancer in parts of the world where this mycotoxin occurs in high levels in food.
www.medterms.com /script/main/art.asp?articlekey=18503   (571 words)

  
 M. D. Anderson Cancer Center - Liver Cancer Treatment, Research & Information
The exact cause of primary liver cancer is unknown, but risk factors include viral hepatitis B and C, cirrhosis, alcohol use, exposure to toxins and intake of anabolic steroids.
Liver cancer patients often don’t experience symptoms prior to diagnosis.
The cancer frequently is discovered during routine follow-up tests for previously diagnosed cancer outside the liver or during testing for the presence of viral hepatitis B or C. Treatment of liver cancer may involve surgery, interventional radiological procedures, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
www.mdanderson.org /diseases/liver   (305 words)

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