There are four main types of cancer that start in the liver:
- Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
- Fibrolamellar HCC
- Bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma)
We also have information about cancer that starts somewhere else in the body and spreads to the liver. This is called secondary cancer in the liver.
Some tumours in the liver are not cancerous (benign). They are usually small and are often found by chance. This might happen when a person is having a scan for another reason. Benign tumours do not usually develop into cancer and are not usually removed.
People who have cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) have a higher risk of getting HCC.