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Is liver cancer painful?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: Not usually

Liver cancer is usually not painful.
The condition that leads to liver cancer (chronic hepatitis/cirrhosis) can cause vague pain in the right upper quadrant of the belly. Most liver cancer is picked up in asymptomatic patients by lab tests or by scans. Occasionally a patient will have painless yellowing of the skin due to liver cancer.

In brief: Not usually

Liver cancer is usually not painful.
The condition that leads to liver cancer (chronic hepatitis/cirrhosis) can cause vague pain in the right upper quadrant of the belly. Most liver cancer is picked up in asymptomatic patients by lab tests or by scans. Occasionally a patient will have painless yellowing of the skin due to liver cancer.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Dr. Abdullah Mubarak
Internal Medicine - Hepatology

In brief: No

Liver cancer if confined to the liver is not painful but spread outside the liver especially bones can cause pain.

In brief: No

Liver cancer if confined to the liver is not painful but spread outside the liver especially bones can cause pain.
Dr. Abdullah Mubarak
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Dr. Aaron Shiloh
When the liver cancer touches the surface of the liver (the capsule) there is often pain.
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