Liver Tumors

Because the liver’s job is to filter blood as it circulates through the body, the liver is vulnerable to a variety of cancer cells in the bloodstream.

What are the symptoms of liver cancer?

Liver cancer often has no initial symptoms. Early vague symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Night sweats

As it progresses, you may experience:

  • Pain, swelling, or tenderness in the upper right section of the abdomen
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
  • Itching all over the body
  • Swollen legs
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue or general weakness
  • Mental confusion
  • Pain in the left side of the abdomen from an enlarged spleen
  • Development of skin lesions that resemble a spider

While symptoms may be related to another liver disorder or some other ailment, it is best not to let them go undiagnosed. Early detection of cancer ensures better response to treatment.

How are liver tumors diagnosed?

  • Blood tests
  • CT scans and MRIs
  • Liver biopsies

How are liver tumors treated?

Depending upon the stage, there are a variety of drug therapies and surgical procedures available to treat liver cancer. If you have concerns about liver cancer, schedule an appointment at San Bernardino Gastroenterology Associates today.