Liver cancer



Primary liver cancer is cancer that originates in the liver. Cancer begins when the normal liver cells change and grow uncontrollably. This abnormal growth can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous, meaning it can spread to other parts of the body). Secondary liver cancer occurs when cancer spreads (or metastasizes) from another part of the body already affected by cancer and is treated differently, according to the part of the body the cancer originally began. Primary liver cancer is divided into types depending on which liver cell type became cancerous. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) accounts for about 80% of all primary liver cancer cases. Many people, including doctors and researchers, use the term “liver cancer’ to refer to HCC and will call the other subtypes by their specific name. The types and subtypes are listed below.

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Types of Liver Cancer

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Following organizations serve the condition "Liver cancer" for support, advocacy or research.

Hepatitis Foundation International

Hepatitis Foundation International is dedicated to promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles for all individuals in order to reduce the incidence of preventable diseases that affect the liver’s health including: obesity, diabetes, fatty liver, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse. We inform, educate, and empower by making available reliable and up-to-date information.

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2015

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American Liver Foundation

The American Liver Foundation (ALF) is the nation's leading nonprofit organization promoting liver health and disease prevention. ALF provides research, education and advocacy for those affected by liver-related diseases, including hepatitis.

Last Updated: 27 Nov 2012

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Blue Faery: the Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association

Blue Faery's mission is to prevent, treat and cure primary liver cancer, specifically Hepatocellular Carcinoma, through research, education and advocacy.

Last Updated: 3 May 2014

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Cancer Hope Network

To provide one-on-one support to people undergoing treatment for cancer and to their families. We provide this support by training individuals who have recovered from cancer and matching them with cancer patients currently undergoing a similar experience. Through this matching process, we strive to instill hope and to make a difference in their fight against cancer.

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2015

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