What is liver cancer? It is cancer that forms in the liver, or spreads to the liver. If it starts in the liver, it’s known as primary liver cancer. If cancer originates elsewhere, such as the colon, lungs or breasts, and spreads to the liver, it is called metastatic cancer and is named after the organ in which it originates (e.g., metastic colon cancer).
Metastatic cancer is more common than primary liver cancer, and appropriate treatment depends on where it originated.
How often does it occur? It is estimated that annually, about 21,000 men and 7,000 women are diagnosed with primary liver cancer.
What does University of Minnesota Physicians Cancer Care offer? Our gastrointestinal specialists are experts at diagnosing and treating complex gastrointestinal disorders, including liver cancer.