Liver Cancer: Symptoms
Liver cancer often does not cause symptoms in its early stages, when it's small and
hasn't spread. In fact, many liver cancers don't cause symptoms until they have grown
People with liver cancer may have these symptoms:
Unplanned weight loss
Change in eating habits. This may be a sudden loss of appetite that lasts for a long time or feeling very
full even after very small meals.
Nausea or vomiting
A lump or mass in the upper-right side of your belly (abdomen). Your liver might become enlarged. This can sometimes be felt as a lump or mass under
your right ribs.
Belly pain. Some people might also have pain at the right shoulder blade.
Abdominal swelling. This can be caused by fluid building up in your abdomen (called ascites). Some people
may have enlarged veins on their belly, too.
Jaundice or itching. Yellowing of the whites of your eyes and skin (jaundice) is caused by the buildup
of too much bilirubin in your blood. This is a chemical made by the liver. Too much
of it can also cause severe itching.
Easy bleeding and bruising
Feeling very tired or weak
When to see your healthcare provider
Many of these symptoms can be caused by other health problems. Still, it's important
to see a healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider
can tell if you have liver cancer.