Hepatocellular Carcinoma

What is Hepatocellular carcinoma?


  • Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of primary liver cancer.



Who is impacted?


  • Most of the time, hepatocellular carcinoma occurs in people who have chronic liver disease such as cirrhosis or infections caused by hepatitis B or hepatitis C.



How is Hepatocellular carcinoma diagnosed?


  • The following tests and procedures are used to diagnose hepatocellular carcinoma:
    • Blood tests
    • Imaging tests
    • Liver biopsy



How is Hepatocellular carcinoma treated?


  • Treatment is primarily based on the size and location of hepatocellular carcinoma as well as the functioning of the liver and overall health of the patient:
    • Surgery
    • Liver transplant surgery
    • Destroying cancer cells with heat or cold (ablation procedures)
    • Chemotherapy and/or radiation
    • Targeted drug therapy