Liver cancer symptoms may vary depending on the type of liver cancer that a patient has been diagnosed with. As with many types of cancer, some patients may not show any signs of having liver cancer, while others may have symptoms similar to those caused by another, unrelated ailment.
The liver is located in the right side of the upper abdomen, just under the rib cage, which is typically where many liver cancer symptoms will initially appear. Oftentimes, patients with liver cancer may notice swelling or the formation of hard lumps in this area, either of which may be accompanied by pain. This pain can sometimes also be felt in the back, below the right shoulder blade.
In addition to pain and swelling, a patient may experience a variety of other liver cancer symptoms. Some of these may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Chronic stomach pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Feeling very full after a small meal
- Change in the color of stool and urine
Since liver cancer symptoms may vary from patient to patient and can often be hard to specifically identify as signs of liver cancer, it’s especially important that patients who are experiencing any of these symptoms speak with their primary care physician. With or without a referral, you can turn to Moffitt Cancer Center for our world-renowned cancer diagnostics, treatment and patient care.
Moffitt’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Program has a multispecialty team composed of physicians, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists, supportive care experts and others who all specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of liver cancer, as well as ways to reduce the condition’s side effects. If our physicians find that your symptoms indicate liver cancer, they will create an individualized treatment plan that may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and/or other forms of treatment. Patients who qualify may be recommended to participate in one of our clinical trials, which offers highly effective treatment options not available anywhere else. Moffitt is home to state-of-the-art equipment, and our physicians are well versed in the most innovative treatments, allowing patients to receive the best available liver cancer treatments in one convenient location.