To understand how liver damage and liver cancer happen, it may be helpful to start with a basic understanding of what the liver does.

People are sometimes surprised to learn that the liver, which sits in the upper right portion of your abdomen, beneath your diaphragm and above your stomach, is the largest organ inside your body. In fact, the only organ that is heavier and larger than your liver is your skin!

The liver is so critical to your health, that it’s the only internal organ that can regenerate itself.


Your liver carries out over 500 functions for your body. Let’s look at just 3 groups of them:


Everything you consume — foods, alcohol, herbal supplements, drugs — is filtered through the liver. The liver breaks down toxins and helps remove them from the body.

Breaks down fats
and cholesterol:

Your liver creates a substance called bile, which helps your small intestine break down and absorb fats and cholesterol.

Breaks down carbs
and proteins:

The liver also plays an important role in breaking down carbohydrates and proteins so they can be digested and used for energy and the repair of skeletal and muscle tissues.
liver cancer
Liver cancer
risk factors

What is LENVIMA?

It is not known if LENVIMA is safe and effective in children.


What is LENVIMA?

  • LENVIMA is used by itself as the first treatment for a type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) when it cannot be removed by surgery

It is not known if LENVIMA is safe and effective in children.

Important Safety Information

LENVIMA may cause serious side effects, including:

  • high blood pressure (hypertension): High blood pressure is a common side effect of LENVIMA and can be serious. Your blood pressure should be well controlled before you start taking LENVIMA. Your healthcare provider should check your blood pressure regularly during treatment with LENVIMA. If you develop blood pressure problems, your healthcare provider may prescribe medicine to treat your high blood pressure