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Understanding Liver Cancer -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Liver Cancer?

Liver cancer usually has no initial symptoms or may have vague symptoms such as fatigue, fever, chills, and night sweats. Eventually, symptoms may include:

  • Pain, swelling, or tenderness in the upper right section of the abdomen
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice -- yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes
  • Itching all over the body
  • Swollen legs

In the advanced stage, symptoms may include fever, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, general weakness, mental confusion, loss of sex drive, pain in the left side of the abdomen due to an enlarged spleen, and the development of skin lesions that resemble a spider.

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Introduction

Many of the medical and scientific terms used in this summary are found in the NCI Dictionary of Genetics Terms. When a linked term is clicked, the definition will appear in a separate window. Many of the genes described in this summary are found in the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database. When OMIM appears after a gene name or the name of a condition, click on OMIM for a link to more information. There are several hereditary syndromes that involve endocrine or neuroendocrine glands,...

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Call Your Doctor If:

You develop symptoms that suggest liver cancer. Although the symptoms may be related to another liver disorder or some other ailment, it's best not to let them go undiagnosed. Early detection of cancer ensures better response to treatment.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on April 28, 2014

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