Hepatocellular carcinoma picture
Hepatocellular carcinoma accounts for 80% to 90% of all liver cancers. It
occurs more often in men than women and occurs mostly in people 50 to 60
years old. The disease is more common in parts of Africa and Asia than in
North and South America and Euro
The picture above shows hepatocellular cancer
on the liver.
More information about Hepatocellular carcinoma
Hepatocellular carcinoma is a cancer that arises from liver cells. It is
different from 'liver cancer' that has spread to the liver from elsewhere.
It is important that the reader does not confuse the term liver cancer,
when referring to secondary cancer spreading to the liver, with primary cancer
of the liver. In the Western world, the occurrence of metastatic cancer in the
liver far exceeds the incidence of primary liver cancer and such problems in the
liver are treated by the methods used to control the primary cancer. That is to
say that if a patient has developed secondary breast cancer in the liver then it
is treated with chemotherapy to which breast cancer is sensitive and not as a
primary liver cancer would be.
Hepatocellular carcinoma is a true carcinoma but usually an aggressive one
with a high mitotic rate (i.e. many cells capable of division at any one time).
In the most commonly encountered form, the microscopoist can recognise the
attempts by the tumour cells to form the trabeculae that are characteristic of
normal liver histology, the microtrabecular variant.