for Veterans and the Public
Like all other body organs, your liver can get cancer. Liver cancer is a disease in which some of the cells in your liver begin to reproduce faster than they should. This can lead to liver tumors, which are generally diagnosed by taking pictures of the liver with ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scan, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Having hepatitis B or hepatitis C can increase your chances of getting liver cancer, called hepatocellular carcinoma (or "HCC").
Most people with liver cancer do not have any symptoms from it early on. Those who do have symptoms often have some pain in the area of their liver (right side of the abdomen, under the ribs), or they may have a build-up of fluid in their abdomen (called "ascites").
Liver cancer is very serious and can be deadly. If you find out that you have liver cancer, you need to get treated as soon as possible.
For more information, go to Liver Cancer.