Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Liver cancer diagnosis

1-minute read

Your doctor will first examine you and ask about your physical symptoms. If there is a possibility of liver cancer you may then need:

If you have liver cancer, you are likely to be referred to a gastroenterologist, surgeon or oncologist (cancer specialist). You may need further tests to find out what stage your cancer is at. These could include bone scans and examinations of the bowel, stomach and breasts.

Your doctor may do a laparoscopy, using a small tube with a camera at the end, to look at your liver and surrounding organs while you are under anaesthetic.

Last reviewed: June 2017

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Top results

Liver Cancer

Home / Cancer & Blood Disorders / What is Cancer? / Liver Cancer Liver Cancer The two most common types of liver cancers in children are Hepatoblastoma and Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC), they account for 1-2% of all childhood cancers

Read more on Sydney Children's Hospitals Network website

Liver cancer

Information on primary and secondary liver cancer, including how common it is, symptoms and risk factors.

Read more on Cancer Council Victoria website

Liver Cancer Treatment - Targeting Cancer

Learn more about liver cancer and the different treatments available.

Read more on Radiation Oncology Targeting Cancer website

Rare Cancers Australia - Directory - Understanding Liver Cancer

Back to Directory Liver Cancer November 7, 2012 To view this article in the new Rare Cancers Australia Knowledgebase, click here Adult primary liver cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the liver

Read more on Rare Cancers Australia website

Liver Cancer - Information, Treatment & Support - CanTeen

The liver is the largest organ in the body and cancers of this organ develop into carcinomas. Learn more about causes and treatments of liver cancer with CanTeen.

Read more on CanTeen website

Rare Cancers Australia - Directory - Overview of Childhood Liver Cancer

Back to Directory Childhood Liver Cancer November 7, 2012 To view this article in the new Rare Cancers Australia Knowledgebase, click here Childhood liver cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the liver

Read more on Rare Cancers Australia website

Liver cancer fact sheet | Cancer Australia

An overview of liver cancer including types, symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and finding support.

Read more on Cancer Australia website

Hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) information | myVMC

Liver cancer or hepatocellular carcinoma is associated with hepatitis and alcoholism. It is more common in men and in South-East Asia and Africa.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Liver cancer - Cancer Pathways

The optimal cancer care pathway outlines critical steps in the patient journey. The pathway describes the optimal cancer care that should be provided at each step.

Read more on Cancer Council Victoria website

Radiofrequency tumour ablation | myVMC

Medical information about radiofrequency tumour ablation

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo