Liver cancer is usually diagnosed after a consultation with a GP and a referral to a hospital specialist for further tests, such as scans of your liver.
However, regular check-ups for liver cancer (known as surveillance) are often recommended for people known to have a high risk of developing the condition, such as those with cirrhosis.
Having regular check-ups helps ensure the condition is diagnosed early. The earlier liver cancer is diagnosed, the more effective treatment is likely to be.
Signs and symptoms
Symptoms of liver cancer are often vague and don’t appear until the cancer is at an advanced stage. They can include:
- unexplained weight loss
- loss of appetite
- feeling very full after eating, even if the meal was small
- feeling sick and vomiting
- pain or swelling in your abdomen (tummy)
- jaundice (yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes)
- itchy skin
- feeling very tired and weak