About advanced cancer

Find out about advanced liver cancer and how it might affect you.

Unfortunately advanced cancer can’t usually be cured. But treatment might control it, help symptoms, and improve your quality of life for a while.

Where liver cancer spreads

Liver can spread to the:  

  • bowel
  • breast 
  • lungs
  • stomach
  • brain
  • bones

Locally advanced cancer

Locally advanced cancer means that the cancer has spread into the tissues around the liver. It hasn’t spread to other organs. This is different to an advanced cancer.  

Locally advanced cancers are either stage [X] or stage [X].


Many people want to know what the outlook is and how their cancer will develop. This is different for each person. Your cancer specialist has all the information about you and your cancer. They're the best person to discuss this with.

You can also talk to your specialist nurse.

For information and support, you can phone the Cancer Research UK nurses on 0808 800 4040, from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

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