Liver cancer

What is liver cancer?

Liver cancer starts in the cells, bile ducts, blood vessels or connective tissue of the liver. Learn about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and risks.

Risks for liver cancer

Risks for liver cancer include cirrhosis of the liver, infection with hepatitis B or C virus, alcohol and smoking tobacco. Learn about liver cancer risk.

Symptoms of liver cancer

Symptoms of liver cancer include pain in the abdomen, a lump or mass under the ribs, jaundice and weight loss. Learn about the symptoms of liver cancer.

Diagnosis of liver cancer

Tests to diagnose liver cancer, such as ultrasound and CT, are done when symptoms or routine tests suggest a problem. Learn about diagnosing liver cancer.

Stages of liver cancer

Liver cancer is staged using the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer system. Learn about the stages of liver cancer.

If liver cancer spreads

Liver cancer can spread to the veins of the liver, lymph nodes and other organs. Learn where liver cancer may spread.

Prognosis and survival for liver cancer

The stage and liver function have the most influence on prognosis and survival for liver cancer. Learn about prognostic factors for liver cancer.

Treatments for liver cancer

Treatment options for liver cancer include surgery, ablation therapy, transarterial chemoembolization and targeted therapy. Learn about treatment for liver cancer.

Supportive care for liver cancer

Supportive care can help people cope with the physical and emotional challenges of liver cancer. Learn about living with advanced cancer.

Research in liver cancer

Researchers and healthcare professionals take the knowledge gained from research studies and use it to develop better practices that will help prevent, detect and treat liver cancer, as well as improve the quality of life of people with liver cancer.

Liver cancer statistics

The number of adults diagnosed with primary liver cancer has increased significantly in Canada. The new cases and deaths are estimated for all Canadians.