What is liver cancer?

Liver cancer occurs when abnormal cells within the liver grow in an uncontrolled way.

The liver is located in the upper right side of the abdomen (belly), beneath the lungs. It is the largest organ in the body. The liver is responsible for:

  • filtering waste products (like drugs and alcohol) from the blood
  • making bile to help digest fats
  • making proteins to help the blood clot
  • storing nutrients
  • storing sugar, which the body uses for energy.