Liver Cancer

Liver cancer is rare within the UK with 2,800 people diagnosed yearly. This cancer tends to affect men more than women.

There are different types of liver cancer:

  • Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Angiosarcomas
  • Heptoblastomas

You may also be diagnosed with a benign liver tumour which does not become cancerous. These are often diagnosed following surgery for an unrelated medical condition; they do not tend to cause symptoms or affect the body, therefore are usually not removed.

The type of tumour you are diagnosed with will determine your treatment. You can discuss this with your consultant/doctor.

Things to look out for

Symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Yellowing of skin and eye whites known as jaundice
  • Abdominal swelling caused by accumulation of fluid
  • Pain within the abdominal area or the right shoulder

You may experience some other symptoms including:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Weight loss and/or loss of appetite
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Fever or raised temperature

These symptoms are common with other medical conditions, however if you experience any of these symptoms it is vital you speak to your doctor.