Cancer of the liver is either 'primary', when the cancer has started in the liver, or 'secondary', when the cancer has spread to the liver from another part of the body, most commonly the bowel. Another name for secondary cancer is 'metastasis'.
Operations for liver cancer involve removing all parts of the liver that the cancer is affecting. This can range from a small 'wedge' resection (operation) in which as little as 5% of the liver is removed, to major resections in which up to 75% of the liver is removed.
Some liver operations can be carried out with laparoscopic (keyhole) surgical techniques but this does not apply to all liver operations. Whatever sort of operation is planned, all liver surgery is regarded as major surgery.
All four HPB consultant surgeons can be contacted as follows:
Care UK, Plymouth
0333 321 1953
Please contact us at the hospital where you are being treated. We shall do our best to answer your queries as quickly as possible.
We have tried to be as accurate as possible with the information in this website.
However, each patient is different, so some information may not apply to your specific circumstances.