Carolinas HealthCare System

In many cases, liver cancer doesn’t trigger symptoms until it has advanced. These symptoms may include:

  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Loss of appetite or feeling of fullness after eating only a little
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Enlarged liver or spleen (can be felt under the ribs)
  • Abdominal or shoulder blade pain
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Itching
  • Jaundice (a condition that may cause your skin and the whites of your eyes to turn yellow)
  • Fever
  • Abnormal bruising or bleeding
  • Confusion, constipation, weakness or muscle problems brought on by high blood calcium levels
  • Fatigue or fainting because of low blood sugar levels
  • In men, breast growth or shrunken testicles
  • High cholesterol

It’s important to note that many of these symptoms can be attributed to other, less serious conditions. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, see your healthcare provider for a diagnosis. The earlier liver cancer is found, the better the prognosis.

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