Symptoms of liver cancer

Main symptoms of liver cancer

Liver cancer may not have any symptoms, or they might be hard to spot.

The symptoms are the same if the liver cancer starts in the liver (primary liver cancer) or spreads from another part of the body (secondary liver cancer).

Symptoms of liver cancer can include:

Other symptoms can affect your digestion, such as:

Urgent advice: Ask for an urgent GP appointment or get help from NHS 111 if:

  • your skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow
  • you're being sick for more than 2 days

111 will tell you what to do. They can arrange a phone call from a nurse or doctor if you need one.

You can call 111 or get help from 111 online.

Non-urgent advice: See a GP if you have:

  • a lump in your tummy
  • lost a lot of weight without trying
  • symptoms of liver cancer that get worse or do not get better after 2 weeks


Many of these symptoms are very common and can be caused by different conditions.

Having them does not definitely mean you have liver cancer. But it's important to get them checked by a GP.

This is because if they're caused by cancer, finding it early may mean it's easier to treat.

What happens at the GP appointment

The GP may feel your tummy. They may also listen to your chest.

Referral to a specialist

You may get an urgent referral for more tests or to see a specialist in hospital if the GP thinks you have symptoms that could be cancer. This does not definitely mean you have cancer.

Page last reviewed: 13 June 2023
Next review due: 13 June 2026