HCC Liver Cancer

Liver CAncer

What cancer is in general

Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells .Death may occur if the spread is not controlled.

HCC Liver Cancer

HCC is the most common type of primary liver cancer. HCC stands for Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Hepatocellular means liver cells.Carcinoma means cancer. It is also sometimes called hepatoma. About 4 of 5 cancers that start in the liver are this type.

How HCC begins

  • Some begin as a single tumor that grows larger. Late in the disease it spreads to other parts of the liver.
  • A second type seems to start as many small cancer nodules throughout the liver, not just a single tumor. This is seen most often in people with chronic liver damage.

The part of the body HCC affects

HCC affects the liver.The liver is the most largest and active organ in the body.Liver cancer can prevent the liver from doing its most important jobs.It causes many effects on the body ,producing symptoms that are related to not having a normal liver .

Exposures that could lead to liver cancer

  • Being Obese
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Smoking

Symptoms for liver cancer

  • Weight Loss ( without trying)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Survival Rates for Liver Cancer

5-year Relative Survival Rate

Localized - 28%

Regional - 7%

Distant - 2%

5-year Relative Survival Rate refers to the percent of people who live after 5 years of being diagnosed with cancer

  • Localized means the cancer is still confined to the liver.
  • Regional means the cancer has grown into nearby organs.
  • Distant means the cancer has spread to distant organs or tissues


Treatments may include surgery, transplant, freezing or heating the cancer cells, and chemotherapy.