What Are the Symptoms of Liver Cancer?
You can have liver cancer for months or years before developing any symptoms. Symptoms of liver cancer do not usually appear until the cancer has grown relatively large. As the cancer grows, it replaces liver cells or causes pressure in the veins to cause liver failure, ascites, or other signs of liver insufficiency.
People with liver cancer may have these symptoms:
Pain. Constant pain in the upper-right side of your abdomen or in your stomach area may be a sign that a tumor is growing inside your liver. The tumor may be pushing against another part of your body, or it may spread to other organs (metastasize), causing pain.
Jaundice and/or persistent itching. Jaundice is caused by too much bilirubin in the body. Excess bilirubin can turn the eyes and skin yellow. The buildup of bilirubin in the body is also thought to lead to severe itching. If you notice either of these symptoms, you should seek prompt medical attention.
It is important to remember that these symptoms can be caused by other less serious medical problems. If you do have any symptoms, you should see your doctor right away. Only special tests performed by a doctor can tell whether you have cancer.