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Cancerous Liver Tumors
There are two types of cancerous tumors that can occur in the liver.
- Primary liver cancer is cancer that originates in the liver.
- Secondary liver cancer is cancer that has spread (metastasized) to the liver from other organs, such as the colon or pancreas.
Cancer is best treated when caught at an early stage. While some patients may present with early stage disease, unfortunately many patients will be diagnosed when the cancer is advanced. Patients may present with symptoms; however, it is not uncommon for patients to have no symptoms even when the cancer is advanced. At the Johns Hopkins Medicine Liver Tumor Center, we have the expertise to treat both early and late stage liver cancers.
Even when the cancer has spread to the liver from other places, many patients can still be cured. It is important for patients to seek expert care in these situations.