Liver Cancer News

What is Liver cancer?

The liver continuously filters blood that circulates through the body, converting nutrients and drugs absorbed from the digestive tract into ready-to-use chemicals. The liver performs many other important functions, such as removing toxins and other chemical waste products from the blood and readying them for excretion. Because all the blood in the body must pass through it, the liver is unusually accessible to cancer cells traveling in the bloodstream.

The liver can be affected by primary liver cancer, which arises in the liver, or by cancer which forms in other parts of the body and then spreads to the liver. Most liver cancer is secondary or metastatic, meaning it started elsewhere in the body. Primary liver cancer, which starts in the liver, accounts for about 2% of cancers in the U.S., but up to half of all cancers in some undeveloped countries. This is mainly due to the prevalence of hepatitis, caused by contagious viruses, that predisposes a person to liver cancer. In the U.S., primary liver cancer strikes twice as many men as women, at an average age of 67.

How to differentiate benign from malignant bile duct strictures?
Sep 09 08


Researchers Find That Targeted Therapy Combination Overcomes Treatment Resistance in Liver Cancer
Apr 14 08


New Technique in Treating Patients With Liver Cancer Proves Effective
Apr 10 08


Eating mandarins reduces the risk of liver disease, hardened arteries and insulin resistance
Sep 12 06


Proton beams control liver tumors
Aug 18 06


Liver cancer is likely caused by cycles of liver cell death and renewal
Jun 28 06


Cycles of Cell Death, Proliferation Key to Liver Cancer
Jun 22 06


Study shows skin rash in patients treated for liver cancer determines survival
Jun 06 06


Omega-3 fatty acids inhibit the growth of liver cancer cells
Apr 03 06


Researchers find gene to fight liver cancer
Sep 28 05


More evidence coffee may cut risk of liver cancer
Aug 03 05

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