When liver cancer does occur, there is a close connection between how advanced it is and the expected outcome.1 The odds of successful treatment are most favorable when the cancer is found in early stages, before it spreads. This is why early detection is so important.2
The term liver cancer is used to represent the most common form of liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).
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