Types of Liver (Hepatic) Cancer

The liver is the largest solid organ in the body and is located on the right side of the abdomen. The liver is responsible for such functions as filtering the blood for excess toxins, helping regulate blood sugar, creating bile for digestion and creating enzymes responsible for blood clotting.

There are two main types of liver cancer.

  • Primary liver cancer: Cancer that forms in the tissues of the liver. The most common type is hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).
  • Secondary liver cancer: Cancer that spreads, or metastasizes to the liver from another part of the body like the breast, lung, thyroid or other gastrointestinal cancers.