Symptoms of secondary cancer in the liver

Secondary cancer in the liver may not cause any symptoms for a long time. It may only be discovered by routine tests.

Possible symptoms include:

  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • feeling sick (nausea) and vomiting
  • tiredness (fatigue)
  • aching or pain in the area of the liver and sometimes the right shoulder
  • high temperature and flu-like symptoms
  • a swollen tummy which may be caused by fluid build-up (called ascites)
  • a yellow tinge to the skin and whites of the eyes (called 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.

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The liver

The liver is the largest organ in the body. It carries out important functions.

Why do cancers come back?

Sometimes, tiny cancer cells are left behind after cancer treatment. These can divide to form a new tumour.