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Understanding Liver Cancer -- Symptoms

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo, MD on January 25, 2020

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.

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

Sources

SOURCES: 

The Mayo Clinic. 

American Cancer Society. 

Allegheny General Hospital Liver Cancer Network.

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