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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is there more than one type of liver tumour?

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  • Dr Sameer Mihrshahi

    General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    I completed my undergraduate medical degree with Honours at the University of Sydney in 1997, and trained in General Surgery in Newcastle and Sydney obtaining … View Profile

    There are many types of liver tumours, and they are divided into benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumours. Benign tumours include haemangiomas, focal nodular hyperplasia and liver cell adenoma (also called hepatocellular adenoma). The commonest malignant tumours are colorectal liver metastases, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and cholangiocarcinoma. Confirming the type of tumour it is important as depending on whether it is benign or malignant, different treatments may be needed (nothing at all, observation with interval imaging, surgery or chemotherapy).

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