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Symptoms of hepatocellular carcinoma

Most patients who develop Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) have chronic liver disease. The tumour itself usually does not cause any further symptoms, and is detected by a scan and/or blood test. If it does cause symptoms, it is usually large and leads to a worsening of the liver.


Sometimes, patients have pain in the upper abdomen, weight loss, jaundice, or bleeding into the tumour or form dilated blood vessels at the top part of the stomach.


If the tumour has spread, there may be symptoms related to effects on the organ affected, for example bone pain.

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