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:
- Liver transplant surgery
- Destroying cancer cells with heat or cold (ablation procedures)
- Chemotherapy and/or radiation
- Targeted drug therapy