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Liver cancer symptoms

People are usually not aware that they have liver cancer until the disease is advanced.

Symptoms of liver cancer that you might notice include:

  • unexplained drop in weight
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea and vomiting
  • pain in your upper right abdomen
  • swelling of the abdomen (ascites)
  • yellowing of skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • pale, chalky bowel motions
  • feeling weak or tired
  • fever.

Your doctor may also find you have an enlarged liver and spleen.

If there is a tumour in your liver, it could be benign (non-cancerous) or cancerous.

Last reviewed: June 2017

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