Symptoms of secondary cancer in the liver

Symptoms of secondary liver cancer can include: loss of appetite, weight loss, feeling sick and tiredness. It may not cause any symptoms for a long time.


Secondary cancer in the liver may not cause any symptoms for a long time. In some people, it may be found during routine tests.

Possible symptoms include:

  • loss of appetite and feeling full soon after starting to eat
  • weight loss
  • feeling sick (nausea) and vomiting
  • tiredness (fatigue)
  • aching or pain in the area of the liver (on the right side of the tummy 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).

These symptoms can be caused by other conditions. But it is important to get them checked by your doctor or nurse.

We have more information about controlling the symptoms of secondary cancer in the liver.

We understand that showing any symptoms of what could be 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: