DEPT. OF CLINICAL RADIOLOGY, SALISBURY DISTRICT HOSPITAL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DEPT. OF CLINICAL RADIOLOGY, SALISBURY DISTRICT HOSPITAL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Liver cancer. Coloured computed tomography (CT) scan of an axial section through the human abdomen, showing cancer of the liver. At lower centre is a bone of the vertebra (dark green). The liver is the large mass (red, at left) occupying much of the abdomen; light patches on the liver are cancerous tumours. Liver cancer may be primary (originating in the liver itself) or spread secondarily from another part of the body. Primary liver cancer is commonly linked to infection with hepatitis viruses. The more frequent type of liver cancer is secondary, often associated with cancer of the stomach or large intestine.
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