Liver cancer can be found anywhere in the liver. The liver is situated at the top right-hand side of your tummy-Its main function is to digest food and remove toxins.
Liver cancer can start in your liver, or spread to it from another organ, depending on where the cancer is in your liver, how big it is and if it has spread determines how serious it can be.
What are the main symptoms of liver cancer?
The main symptoms of liver cancer can include:
Your skin or the whites of your eyes turning yellow.
Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss.
Feeling tired or having no energy.
A lump in the right-hand side of your tummy.
Feeling unwell in general or having flu-like symptoms.
There are other symptoms that can affect your digestion such as feeling nauseous or being sick, pain at the top right side of your stomach or in your right shoulder, feeling full very quickly when eating, symptoms of indigestion, and a very swollen tummy.
6,000 people are diagnosed every year in the UK with liver cancer.
Many of the above symptoms are quite common and can be caused by other conditions, so having them does not mean you have liver cancer, but it is important to get them checked out as soon as possible.
Contact us to book in
Here at Ultrasound Care, we can offer you an abdominal scan within a few days. Our abdominal scan uses sound waves to produce images of blood flow and structures in the abdomen. This is a useful way of examining organs, blood vessels, and tissues within the abdomen.
Along with the liver, the other major organs in the abdomen are the bladder, the gallbladder, the pancreas, the appendix, and the spleen. Ultrasound Care’s abdominal scans can help to identify any problems that may be occurring in the liver or other organs, it can detect problems such as liver disease, cancers, tumours, gallstones, and kidney stones.
Before your abdominal scan, we would ask you not to eat anything beforehand for 6-8 hours, you may drink clear fluids like water, you should maintain your routine medicine and remove any abdominal piercings.
A wand-like device will be placed on your abdomen and moved around to create an image. It may press slightly on the abdomen, but the actual procedure should not feel uncomfortable.
The appointment time is 30 minutes. A report will be compiled for you to take to your GP for them to follow up on.