Liver Cancer Symptoms

Early warning symptoms of liver cancer

  • Unintentional and unplanned weight loss or gain.

Unintentional weight loss may be appreciated by some, but if it isn’t brought on by a change in diet or activity, it should always be investigated by a doctor. Unexpected weight loss is characterized as losing 5% of your body weight or more within a six- to twelve-month period without consciously attempting to do so. A 200-pound man dropping 10 pounds over the course of six months without changing his lifestyle would be an example.

Additionally, sudden and rapid weight gain might be a symptom of liver cancer. This often happens as a result of the fast accumulation of abdominal fluid (ascites).

  • Poor appetite.

A lack of appetite can be severe with liver problems, but it can happen with many conditions. Even while simply eating modest meals, this might be accompanied by the sensation of being full quite quickly. A trip to the doctor is necessary since these symptoms might be indicators of other malignancies in addition to liver cancer.

  • Nausea and vomiting.

Vomiting and nausea are frequent symptoms at all stages of liver cancer and can occur for a variety of reasons. There are several reasons why someone could have nausea and vomiting, but if it happens regularly or if it gets worse, speak with your doctor.

  • Fatigue and/or weakness.

Nowadays, it seems like everyone is exhausted, but cancer-related fatigue frequently elevates things to a new level. Cancer fatigue is distinct from regular exhaustion and does not go away after a restful night of sleep. When you compare your current energy level to how it was six to twelve months ago, you may find it simpler to identify this symptom.

  • Fever.

A “fever of unknown origin,” or FUO, often known as a low-grade but persistent fever, is a typical sign of liver cancer. A fever of 101 °F (38.33 °C) or higher that persists for three weeks or more without an evident explanation after being examined by three or more medical professionals is referred to as a FUO (or three days in the hospital). A prolonged fever may have a number of additional causes, but it is still advisable to consult your doctor if you have one.