Signs and symptoms of liver cancer

In the early stages of primary liver cancer, there are often no symptoms. It is important to see your doctor if you notice any symptoms.

In the early stages of liver cancer (also called Hepatocellular carcinoma or HCC), there are often no symptoms. If you have long-term (chronic) liver disease, you may have regular tests to check the liver. If you develop HCC, these tests may find it before you have symptoms.

Possible symptoms of liver cancer include:

  • loss of appetite and feeling full soon after starting to eat
  • weight loss
  • feeling sick (nausea) and being sick (vomiting)
  • tiredness (fatigue)
  • aching or pain on the right side of the tummy (abdomen) near the ribs, and sometimes in the right shoulder
  • a high temperature and flu-like symptoms, such as aching all over
  • a swollen tummy, which may be caused by fluid build-up (ascites)
  • the skin and whites of the eyes looking yellow (jaundice).
  • bruising or bleeding easily

These symptoms can be caused by other conditions. But it is important to get them checked by your doctor or nurse. It is especially important to get them checked if you have risk factors for liver cancer.

We understand that showing any symptoms of cancer is worrying. The most important thing is to speak to your GP as soon as possible. We're also here if you need someone to talk to. You can: