Symptoms of Liver Cancer

Often a patient has no symptoms until the disease has reached its later stages. Many of these complaints may be caused by other illnesses, so it is important to be evaluated by a physician.

  • Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
  • Feeling very full after eating very little
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • An enlarged liver
  • An enlarged spleen
  • Pain in the abdomen or near the right shoulder blade
  • Swelling or fluid build-up in the abdomen
  • Itching
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Fever
  • Enlarged veins on the belly that are visible through the skin
  • Abnormal bruising or bleeding

People who have chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis may feel worse than usual and produce excess hormones that cause:

  • High blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia), and symptoms of nausea, confusion, constipation, weakness, or muscle problems
  • Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) and symptoms of fatigue or fainting
  • Breast enlargement (gynecomastia) and/or shrinking of the testicles in men
  • High red blood cells counts (erythrocytosis) causing redness and flushed skin
  • High cholesterol levels