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What are different symptoms of liver cancer?

Liver cancer is also known as hepatocellular carcinoma, HCC.
– It is a cancer that originates in liver.
– Liver cancers are malignant tumors that grow on the surface or inside the liver.
– It is also known as primary liver cancer or hepatoma.
– The liver is made up of different cell types.
– They are cancer of, for example, bile ducts, blood vessels, and fat-storing cells.
– Liver cells (hepatocytes) make up 80% of the liver tissue.
– The majority of primary liver cancers (over 90%-95%) arise from liver cells.
– Liver cancer is often referred to cancer that has spread to the liver that has originated in other organs.
– This type of liver cancer is called metastatic liver disease (cancer) or secondary liver cancer.
– The term liver cancer actually can refer to either metastatic liver cancer or hepato cellular cancer.

Rarer forms of liver cancer include:
– Mesenchymal tissue
– Sarcoma
– Hepatoblastoma
– Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancers)
– Angiosarcoma and hemangiosarcoma
– Lymphoma of liver

Signs and Symptoms of Liver Cancer
– Abdominal mass
– Abdominal pain
– Jaundice
– Nausea
– Liver dysfunction

What are liver cancer symptoms and signs?
– The initial symptoms are not known as these cancers are mostly recognized only at advanced stages.
– Abdominal pain is uncommon with liver cancer
– It usually signifies a very large tumor or widespread involvement of the liver.
– Unexplained weight loss.
– Unexplained fevers.
– The sudden appearance of ascites (abdominal fluid and swelling).
– Jaundice (yellow color of the skin)
– Muscle wasting without causative (precipitating) factors (for example, alcohol consumption).
– Block in the portal vein (a large vein that brings blood to the liver from the intestine and spleen).
– The blood will travel paths of less resistance, such as through esophageal veins which leads to increased pressure in these veins.
– Dilated (widened) veins called esophageal varices occur.
– The patient then is at risk for hemorrhage from the rupture of the varices into the gastrointestinal tract.
– Turbulent blood flow in the artery.
– The turbulence results in a distinct sound in the liver (hepatic bruit).
– Muscle wasting.
– Very swollen liver and massive formation of ascites.
– In some patients, as previously mentioned, the tumor can invade the portal vein and lead to the rupture of esophageal varices.

Symptoms of Cholangiocarcinoma
– Sweating
– Jaundice
– Abdominal pain
– Weight loss
– Hepatomegaly

Symptoms of Hepatocellular carcinoma
– Abdominal mass
– Abdominal pain
– Emesis
– Anemia
– Back pain
– Jaundice
– Itching
– Weight loss
– Fever

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