Liver cancer
posted by Irish Cancer Society
25 July 2008

What is secondary cancer in the liver?

This is cancer that has started somewhere else in the body and has spread to the liver.
The most common types of cancer that spread to the liver start in the bowel,breast,pancreas,stomach,lung, ovary, or skin (melanoma)
Sometimes, secondary cancer is found in the liver and yet, even with thorough medical tests, it is not possible to find out where the cancer started. This may be because the primary tumour is too small to detect and is causing no symptoms. This is sometimes called unknown primary cancer or tumour. For more information more information or to talk to a specialist nurse in confidence, please contact: Freefone 1800 200 700 or

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