Perhaps you have been losing weight without trying; maybe you have had a loss of appetite for quite some time. Even more concerning is perhaps the abdominal pain, especially under your ribs on the right side. Liver cancer is frightening, and between the horror stories your neighbors tell you and the sensationalized and often fictionalized information on social media, you are scared that you might have liver cancer. Before your own mind and social media create more worry and anxiety for you, contact Dr. Trina Steljes at Servicios Quirurgicos del Caribe in Mayaguez, PR and find out if what you have been experiencing are signs of liver cancer or something else.
The Common Signs
Unlike a best friend or a well-meaning neighbor, a medical professional will evaluate your symptoms in an unemotional, scientific manner and obtain additional information by ordering any tests and procedures they feel will be necessary to determine the cause of your symptoms. Some of the signs of this form of cancer include the following:
• Unexplained weight loss
• Feeling full after a small meal
• Loss of appetite
• Nausea or vomiting
• An enlarged spleen (fullness under the ribs on the left side)
• An enlarged liver (fullness under the ribs on the right side)
• Pain near the right shoulder blade or in the abdomen
• Swelling or fluid build-up in the abdomen
• Jaundice (yellowing of eyes or skin)
• Abnormal lab results
• Abnormal bleeding or bruising
When It is Not Liver Cancer
Before you jump to conclusions on your own, consider this; there are other things besides liver cancer that can cause the above-mentioned signs and symptoms. You may have cirrhosis of the liver, a bile duct obstruction, anemia or bruising and bleeding for some other reason. The only way to find out is to go to the doctor for an examination.
Liver cancer is frightening, and perhaps you are scared because you are experiencing some of the signs of it. The best advice is this: Find out what you need to be afraid of before your own mind and social media create more worry and anxiety. When you are ready to put your mind at ease, one way or the other, make an appointment with Dr. Trina Steljes at Servicios Quirurgicos del Caribe in Mayaguez, PR. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation!