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About Liver Cancer

  • Primary liver cancer is cancer that forms in the tissues of the liver. Secondary liver cancer is cancer that spreads to the liver from another part of the body. Most liver cancer is secondary or metastatic.

    Primary liver cancer, which starts in the liver, accounts for about 2% of cancers in the U.S., but up to half of all cancers in some developing countries. This is largely due to the prevalence of hepatitis, which predisposes a person to liver cancer. In the U.S., primary liver cancer strikes twice as many men as women, at the average age of 67.

    There are two types of primary liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which is most common, and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC).

    The Liver Cancer Center at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) is dedicated to treating primary liver cancer and conducting crucial research and clinical trials to learn more about the disease and develop promising new treatments.

    Patients with liver cancer often require a combination of treatments. At DF/BWCC, all patients receive a personalized treatment plan crafted by a multidisciplinary team which includes experts in oncology, interventional radiology, surgery, radiation oncology, and hepatology. Through collaboration, our specialists are able to create a comprehensive and individualized approach to care.

    Learn more about the Liver Cancer Center at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC).

    The following information is from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

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