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Liver Cancer Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Risk Factors

  • Symptoms: Early liver cancer often doesn’t have symptoms. When liver cancer progresses, symptoms may include pain, swelling, or tenderness in your upper right abdomen; jaundice; swollen legs; fever; unexpected appetite loss; unexpected weight loss; nausea; vomiting; fatigue; and weakness.
  • Diagnosis: To diagnose liver cancer, you doctor will perform a physical examination and may order blood tests, ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI. If a tumor is found, your doctor may perform a biopsy to help determine if the tumor is malignant or benign.
  • Treatment: Your treatment options for liver cancer may include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
  • Risk Factors: Some risk factors for liver cancer include having a liver that has been damaged by birth defects, excessive alcohol consumption, hepatitis B or C, or cirrhosis. Smoking and exposure to certain chemicals have also been identified as a risk factor.
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