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Proportion of excisions for primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma)

Why this indicator is important

Primary liver cancer is a cancer that starts in the cells of the liver. Some cancers spread to the liver from other parts of the body, but they are known as secondary liver cancers.

The number of people being diagnosed with primary liver cancer increased significantly in NSW over the last 10 years.

There are a number of health problems that increase the risk of developing primary liver cancer. These include chronic hepatitis B and C infections, drinking alcohol at harmful levels, and being obese.

Primary liver cancer resections are complex surgery that should be performed at a hospital with expertise in this surgery.

About this indicator

The graph below shows the proportion of people in NSW undergoing surgery for their cancer, including primary liver cancer, in 2011-2014 and 2015-2018.

  • An average of 18.1% of people with primary liver cancer had major surgery for their cancer across NSW.

Resections as a proportion of estimated incidence, by cancer type, by local health district (LHD) of residence, 2011–2014 and 2015–2018

Resections as a proportion of estimated incidence, by cancer type, by local health district (LHD) of residence, 2011–2014 and 2015–2018

N = Number of people with a first admission for the specified cancer, 2015–2018.

*  Private hospital data included in these figures are from July 2015 to June 2018.

Notes:

  1. Data source: Admitted Patient, Emergency Department Attendance and Deaths Register (APEDDR).
  2. Resection rate is the proportion of people with a first admission for cancer who underwent a surgical resection.
  3. The following LHDs with substantial interstate outflow were excluded: Northern NSW LHD, Southern NSW LHD, Murrumbidgee LHD (including Albury) and Far West LHD.