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What are the symptoms of primary liver cancer?

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Liver cancer doesn't usually cause symptoms early on. When they do show up, they can include:

You may also have:

  • Fever
  • Feeling like you might throw up
  • No desire to eat
  • Weakness or feeling more tired than usual
  • A hard lump on the right side of your belly just below your ribcage
  • Pain on the upper right side of your belly or in your right shoulder blade and back
  • Swelling in your belly
  • Weight loss for no reason
  • White, chalky stool or dark urine
  • Yellowish eyes and skin

From: What is Primary Liver Cancer? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: NIH, National Cancer Institute: “Adult Primary Liver Cancer Treatment (PDQ®) -- Patient Version.”

American Cancer Society: “What Is Cancer?” “What Is Liver Cancer?” “Liver Cancer Risk Factors,” “Tests for Liver Cancer,” “Liver Cancer Treatment,” “Tumor Ablation for Liver Cancer,” “Embolization Therapy for Liver Cancer,” “Targeted Therapy for Liver Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Liver Cancer.”

Cancer Research UK: “Liver Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Liver Cancer,” “Hemochromatosis,” “Wilson’s disease.”

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Liver Cancer Facts.”

American Liver Foundation: “Liver Cancer.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Liver Cancer -- Cancer Institute Overview.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on November 18, 2016

SOURCES: NIH, National Cancer Institute: “Adult Primary Liver Cancer Treatment (PDQ®) -- Patient Version.”

American Cancer Society: “What Is Cancer?” “What Is Liver Cancer?” “Liver Cancer Risk Factors,” “Tests for Liver Cancer,” “Liver Cancer Treatment,” “Tumor Ablation for Liver Cancer,” “Embolization Therapy for Liver Cancer,” “Targeted Therapy for Liver Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Liver Cancer.”

Cancer Research UK: “Liver Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Liver Cancer,” “Hemochromatosis,” “Wilson’s disease.”

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Liver Cancer Facts.”

American Liver Foundation: “Liver Cancer.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Liver Cancer -- Cancer Institute Overview.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on November 18, 2016

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