Liver Cancer

The liver is the largest internal organ in the body and is located behind the rib cage below the right lung. It’s shaped like a pyramid and has two lobes, which are further subdivided into segments. An essential part of the digestive system, the liver has several important functions, including processing and storing several nutrients that are later used for energy or to build and repair tissues, collecting and filtering blood, making clotting factors to help stop bleeding, secreting bile into the intestines to assist in nutrient absorption, breaking down and removing toxic waste from the blood and maintaining proper blood sugar levels.

Several options exist for treating liver cancer. Your doctor will consider many factors, such as the stage of the cancer and your personal preferences, before recommending treatment.

The most common type of primary liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma. Immune checkpoint inhibitors, drugs that block specific proteins and receptors from triggering a slowdown of the immune system, are currently approved to treat hepatocellular carcinoma in certain situations.


FDA-Approved Immunotherapies for Liver Cancer*
As of 12/5/17
nivolumab (Opdivo)

*Each therapy is prescribed based on specific criteria. Discuss your options
with your doctor.

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