Liver cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the liver (this is a football-sized organ that sits in the upper right portion of the abdomen, beneath the diaphragm and above the stomach).
The liver has a wide range of functions such as detoxification of various metabolites, control of the carbohydrates and fat metabolism, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production and the production of biochemical necessary for digestion.
It may be important to remark that it is a vital organ and supports almost every other organ in the body. Because of its strategic location and multidimensional functions, the liver is also prone to many diseases and that can lead to better conditions for cancer development in this organ.
Liver Cancers typically start in hepatocytes, but there are also other types of liver cancer, such as intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and hepatoblastoma, are much less common.