National Institutes of Health
- The primary NIH organization for research on Liver Cancer is the National Cancer Institute
Your liver is the largest organ inside your body. It filters harmful substances from the blood, makes substances that digest food, and changes food into energy. Primary liver cancer starts in the liver. Metastatic liver cancer starts somewhere else and spreads to your liver.
Risk factors for primary liver cancer include
Symptoms can include a lump or pain on the right side of your abdomen and yellowing of the skin. However, you may not have symptoms until the cancer is advanced. This makes it harder to treat. Doctors use tests that examine the liver and the blood diagnose liver cancer. Treatment options include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or liver transplantation.
NIH: National Cancer Institute
References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)