Liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, HCC, or hepatoma)

The information on this page is about the most common type of primary liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or hepatoma. Go to our liver cancers page to find out about other types of primary liver cancer or secondary liver cancer.

Liver cancer is most common in people who already have liver disease, especially if they have cirrhosis. It can also develop in people with no history of liver disease.

Liver cancer often has no symptoms until it is at a late stage. This is why people with cirrhosis are offered regular checks (surveillance) for signs of liver cancer with ultrasound scans and blood tests every six months.

There is a range of different treatments for liver cancer. Some, surgery and liver transplant, aim to remove the cancer completely. But if this isn’t possible you might be offered treatment to shrink the cancer or make it grow more slowly. The most suitable treatment for you depends on several things including the size and stage of your cancer, how well the rest of your liver is working and how you are generally (performance status). Your specialist will discuss your options with you.

Watch our recent webinar, where clinicians and a liver cancer patient address common questions about diagnosis, treatment and care. :