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Liver Cancer

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In the early stages of liver cancer, most people will not have any signs or symptoms. As the disease progresses, individuals may experience:

  • Loss of appetite

  • Unintended weight loss

  • Pain in the upper abdomen

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Weakness and fatigue

  • Abdominal swelling

  • Yellow discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)

  • White, chalky stools


While some cases of liver cancer can't be linked to any cause, there are known factors that can increase the risk of developing the disease:

  • Chronic infections with hepatitis B or C

  • Cirrhosis

  • Certain inherited liver disease, such as hemochromatosis and Wilson's disease

  • Diabetes

  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

  • Excessive alcohol consumption


Several tests may be performed to confirm a liver cancer diagnosis including:

  • Blood tests

  • Imaging tests, such as ultrasound, CT and MRI

  • Liver tissue biopsy