Liver cancer

What are the types of Liver cancer?

Hepatocellular Carcinoma

The most common form of Liver Cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma also known as hepatoma. This cancer occurs within the hepatocytes, which are the primary cells of the liver. It can spread from the liver to other body parts, including the pancreas, intestines, and stomach. Hepatocellular carcinoma is much more likely to occur in people who experience significant liver damage.

Symptoms of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

  • Pain within the upper right portion of your abdomen
  • A lump or sensation of heaviness in your upper stomach
  • Bloating or swelling in your stomach
  • Loss of appetite and feelings of fullness
  • Weakness or extreme exhaustion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Yellow skin and eyes
  • Pale, chalky intestines and dark urine
  • Fever

Cholangiocarcinoma

Cholangiocarcinoma is cancer formed in the slender tubes containing the bile of the digestive fluid. Bile ducts bind the liver to the gallbladder and the small intestine. This disease, also known as bile duct cancer, is a rare Liver Cancer type that often occurs in people over the age of 60, though it may occur at any age.

Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma occurs inside the liver in the areas of the bile ducts and is often identified as a form of Liver Cancer. Cholangiocarcinoma hilar develops in the bile ducts only below the liver. Distal cholangiocarcinoma develops in the bile duct part closest to a small intestine.

Symptoms of Cholangiocarcinoma

  • Yellowing of the eyes
  • Intensely itchy skin
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained loss of weight

Angiosarcoma

Angiosarcoma is one of the rare Liver Cancer types that occurs in the blood vessel lining and the lymph vessels. Your lymph, which is a part of the immune system, stores and disposes bacteria, viruses, and waste products. Angiosarcoma can occur anywhere in the body but it occurs most commonly in the head and neck. In other areas of the body, such as the breast,, it may appear in deeper tissue, including the heart and liver. Angiosarcoma occasionally develops in the skin but can occur in areas treated with Radiation therapy before.
Symptoms of Angiosarcoma include the skin bruising, or bruise-like lesion that grows larger over time and can bleed when scratched or bumped.

Hepatoblastoma

Hepatoblastoma is also one of the rare Liver Cancer types which originate in liver cells. It is the most common, early cancerous liver tumor. Most tumors with hepatoblastoma begin in the right liver lobe. Cancer cells with hepatoblastoma can also spread to other parts of the body. The lungs are the most common site for metastasis.
Hepatoblastoma generally affects children under the age of 5 years. This happens most frequently in children with very low birth weights, or who were born premature.
Symptoms of Hepatoblastoma include a large abdominal mass, swollen abdomen, weight loss, decreased appetite, nausea, itchy skin, anemia, and back Pain.