Types of Liver Cancer

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common form of liver cancer. HCC can start as a single tumor that takes a long time to spread to other parts of the liver. It can also manifest as many small cancerous nodules throughout the liver. This type of cancer is found most often in patients with cirrhosis (chronic liver damage).

Intrahepatic bile duct cancer accounts for 10 to 20 percent of all liver cancers. This disease starts in the cells that line the small bile ducts. 

Angiosarcoma and hemangiosarcoma are rare cancers that originate in the cells lining the blood vessels.  They grow very quickly and are generally treated like sarcomas. 

Because HCC is the most common type of liver cancer, the information in the sections below pertain primarily to HCC.