What are the types of primary liver cancer?
There are several types of primary liver cancer, including:
- Hepatocellular carcinoma - this is the most common form of liver cancer. It starts in the hepatocytes, which are cells in the liver that help process nutrients in the blood. Hepatocellular carcinomas often start as a small tumor that grows larger or spreads to other parts of the body.
- Cholangiocarcinoma - this type of cancer begins in the bile ducts, which are tubes that carry bile from the liver to the intestine. It is the second most common form of liver cancer.
- Angiosarcoma and hemangiosarcoma - these cancers start in the cells of the liver’s blood vessels.
- Fibrolamellar-Hepatocellular carcinoma - this is a rare form of hepatocellular carcinoma that is less aggressive than other types of liver cancer.