Types of Liver Cancer

What Type of Liver Cancer Do I Have?

Primary liver cancer, or cancer that starts in the liver, is the third-leading cause of cancer death worldwide. The incidence of this cancer is rising, making primary liver (and bile duct) cancer the fastest-rising cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Types of primary liver cancer include:

Roswell Park pathologists are a critical component in cancer care. Dr. Kuvshinoff explains their role in determining a successful treatment plan.
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of primary liver cancer. It begins in hepatocytes, which are the workhorse cells of the liver that specialize in detoxifying the body and processing nutrients. HCC often starts as a single tumor that grows and spreads over time.
  • Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma is cancer that begins the parts of the bile ducts that are within the liver. The bile ducts are the thin tubes that carry bile from the liver to the small intestine.
  • Hepatoblastoma is a very rare liver cancer type that develops in very young children.

Roswell Park treats all forms and types of liver cancer including other rare primary liver cancers, and mixed tumor types, such as mixed hepatocellular and cholangiocarcinoma.