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Liver Center - Primary Liver Cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma)

Primary Liver Cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma)

Definition Incidence Risk Factors/Cause
Cancer that begins in the liverPrimary liver cancer is uncommon in the United States, approximately 15,000 new cases each year History of hepatitis B
History of hepatitis C
History of cirrhosis
Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment/Prevention
Pain in the upper abdomen on the right side Swollen abdomen
Weight loss
Loss of appetite and feelings of fullness
Weakness or feeling very tired
Nausea and vomiting
Yellow skin and eyes
Dark urine
Medical history Physical exam
Blood tests
CT Scan
MRI Angiogram Biopsy
Curable when found at an early stage

Surgical removal of part of the liver if possible


Radiofrequency ablation

Percutaneous ethanol injection


Liver transplantation