Signs and symptoms of liver cancer
Often do not show signs and symptoms of liver cancer until the later stages of the disease , but in some cases may appear sooner . If you go to the doctor when you first notice symptoms , the cancer can be diagnosed earlier , when it is most likely to be useful treatment. Some of the most common symptoms of liver cancer are:Weight loss ( without trying )Loss of appetiteFeeling very full after eating a small mealNausea or vomitingEnlargement of the liver , I felt a block below the ribs on the right sideSplenomegaly , and I felt a block below the ribs on the left sidePain in the abdomen or near the right shoulderSwelling or accumulation of fluid in the abdomenItchingYellowing of the skin and eyes ( jaundice )Some of the other symptoms that can occur fever , enlarged veins in the abdomen , which become visible through the skin , bruising or abnormal bleeding .People who have chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis of the liver may feel worse than usual or just be changes in the results of laboratory tests , such as levels of AFP .Some liver tumors make hormones that act on other organs of the liver. These hormones may cause :High levels of calcium in the blood ( hypercalcemia ) , which can cause problems , nausea , confusion , constipation , weakness, or muscleLow levels of blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which can cause fatigue or faintingBreast enlargement ( gynecomastia ) and / or shrinking of the testicles in menHigh counts of red blood cells ( erythrocytosis ) that could cause someone to look red and surveyHigh cholesterol levelsMany of the signs and symptoms of liver cancer can also be caused by other conditions , including liver problems other . However , if you have any of these problems , it is important to see your doctor immediately so the reason can be found and treated , if necessary .
Can be found in liver cancer early?
It is often difficult to find a liver cancer because early signs and symptoms often do not show up in stages at a later date . Small liver tumors are hard to detect on the physical exam because most liver covered by the right rib cage . By the time you can see a tumor , it may be already too large.There are no screening tests recommended widely for detection of liver cancer in people who are not at increased risk . ( Check and test for cancer in people without any symptoms . ), But the test may be recommended for some people at a higher risk .Many patients who develop liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver long-term (the formation of scar tissue from damage to cells in the liver ) . Doctors could do tests to look for liver cancer if the patient with cirrhosis of the liver is getting worse for no apparent reason .For people most at risk for cancer of the liver due to cirrhosis of the liver ( from any cause ) or other circumstances , most doctors recommend liver cancer screening every 6 to 12 months with alpha -fetoprotein ( AFP ) blood tests and ultrasound examinations. But it is not yet clear if the results of the count in a more effective treatment for liver cancer .