Liver Cancer: Signs and Symptoms
The liver cancer is the life-threatening disease that is, unfortunately, often diagnosed too late since its signs and symptoms usually manifest at later stage. However, the cases are reported when people may recognize the symptoms at earlier stage. Therefore, the earlier you see the doctor and get consulted, the earlier the cancer is diagnosed and the treatment is started. In this case, the therapy may help the person get healthy and overwhelm that disease.
Below find the symptoms recognizable in most liver cancer cases:
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Loss of body weight (due to disease);
- Sense of full stomach after small meals;
- Abdomen swollen or formation of fluid in the abdominal cavity;
- Loss of appetite;
- Pain in abdominal area;
- Pain in the right shoulder blade area;
- Enlargement of liver that causes the sense of the mass right under the rib;
- Spleen is enlarged too and the sense of mass under the rib is reported;
- Skin and eyes get yellow due to the jaundice.
Moreover, there are other symptoms that cannot be usually related to the liver cancer. The sick person may have the abdominal veins enlarged that are easily seen through the skin. Bleeding or strong and disturbing bruising may occur as well as the body fever. The level of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) tested in the laboratory may change for worse in people with liver cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis.
In some particular cases, liver neoplasms produce hormones that may affect other body organs.
Below find the list of hormones that may result in the following:
- Decreased level of blood glucose (or hypoglycemia) that may result in faints or general fatigue;
- Increased level of blood calcium (or hypercalcemia) that may result in weakness, fatigue, muscle disorder, nausea, constipations or confusion;
- Increased number of eritrocytes (RBC) (or erythrocytosis). In this case, the sin stains in red and the person looks flushed;
- Breast enlargement (or gynecomastia) in females;
- Shrinkage of testicles in males;
- Increased level of cholesterol.
However, most symptoms related to liver cancer may be the result of other health conditions, in particular, liver insufficiency. If you persistently experience these symptoms and signs, you’d better see your doctor immediately for diagnostics at earlier stage and successful disease management in case, if health disorder is serious.