early secondary liver symptoms

Hi all,

I’d be interested to hear what your early symptoms of secondary liver cancer were please. I’ve researched on the web, of course, but I know that the reality is often different to the text books cases. I’m waiting for an ultrasound scan appointment on my abdomen to explore the discomfort I’ve been feeling in my stomach, but am also concerned about dizziness that I’ve been experiencing.

I’ll be grateful to hear about your experiences.

Many thanks in advance.


Hi Mec

So sorry to hear that you’re in that horrible waiting period before a scan. I dont know if my experience with liver mets will help at all but here goes…

I was diagnosed two years ago with liver and bone secondaries. The liver mets were found after I mentioned to my consultant that I had a bad bout of gatritis. She thought I might have gall stones and referred me for an ultrasound and then an MRI to confirm the spots on my liver were cancerous and not hemangiomas (which are benign growths quite common on the liver). As it turns out the liver mets were very small and my onc said the gastritis symptoms were completely unrelated as small mets dont produce symptoms. Two years on my scans have consistently shown up chronic gall bladder inflamation that is unrelated to my cancer but explains the discomfort and pain i was feeling in my stomach at the time of my diagnosis.

There are definitely other plausible reasons for the discomfort and dizziness you have been experiencing.

I hope you dont mind me also adding that since my secondaries diagnosis I have had chemo, hormonals and a procedure on my liver mets called radio frequency ablation. Currently I have no sign of cancer in my liver and am about to run the adidas women’s 5k challenge on Sunday so please do know that even if it isnt good news there is life after a secondary diagnosis.

Wishing you cancer-free scan results,


Hi mec

As well as the support you receive from the other forum users you may find it helpful to talk things through with one of the trained members of staff on the helpline. Here you can ask questions and share any concerns you may have with someone who will offer you a listening ear as well as support and information. The number to call is 0808 800 6000 and the lines are open Monday to Friday 9 to 5pm and Saturday 9 to 2pm.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes Sam (BCC Facilitator)

Hi Mec, Just seen your post and thought I’d add my two pennorth! I was dx’d in January with liver and spine mets. (18 years after inital bc when I had a mastectomy, rads and tamoxifen) It started in November last year with an uncomfortable stabbing pain in my right side. The Gp’s thought it was gallstones but unfortunately not. There were two largeish tumours and several small ones. I was terrified to say the least. However, I had taxotere for 12 weeks (should have been 18) This didn’t work particularly well so they stopped it and put me on Arimidex which I’m highly responsive to. After two months the tumour markers are way,way down and I’m feeling ok. I’m leaving to go on a two week cruise tomorrow (can’t wait) so I will check on this thread when I get back. I do hope that you will get good results and I’ll be thinking of you. Sending you lots of love and cyber hugs. Dianne x x x

Hi , I am too waiting for a scan, my appointment is next tue, i am climbing the wall, like you i am trawling for any information.

i am confused as i feel so well no pains, was sent for an xray as had chest infection, radiologist on duty just had quick look said all fine, had app with onc next day who said fine too, then another radiologist reported and here i am scared witless as she has said she wants chest and liver scans ? ? ?.

Hope all goes well for you mec will be looking and hoping you have good results.

Annie X

Hi ladies
Im in a similar situation- awaiting liver mri results. I will definately know by wednesday as I see my onc then but Im hoping to find ou tomorrow as Im in clinic for something else and my bcn is on the case for me. A small 6mm lesion was detected on a ct scan following my local recurrence and so an mri as arranged. Im hoping and praying for good news- Im sure overdue some…
Good luck to you both do lets know how you get on
Tina x

p.s. Ive no symptoms of liver mets

Hi Tina, Charhie and Mec, Just got back from my hols and seen your latest posts. I was wondering how you are all getting on with results etc. Please let us know when you get a minute.

Take care, lotsa love, Dianne x x x

hi Dianne

Had brilliant news my scan was all clear, what i didnt know at the time was they also scanned my bones and kidneys too, so a great relief. still have problems with my breathing which are still being looked into, i am wondering if it could be the aromasin/exemastane be interested to know if anyone else has had this problem.

love to all. thinking of you mec and Tina X


Thanks dianne :slight_smile:
no news as yet been I’ll with worry today had to resort to diazepam to calm me down. D-day is tomorrow seeing surgeon in morn + onc pm so will no my fate 4sure. To add to the stress my huge wounds/scars from last op are infected. I’m convinced it’s mrsa (2lts of anti b’s + it’s worse not better). will get swab results tmoro also…
Hope you are feeling good+ treatment still working well?
love tina x x

Hi Tina and Annie, sorry I haven’t been in touch, but I’ve been away and busy as hell since I got back with birthdays, anniversaries etc. Annie, I’m thrilled that you had such brilliant news, what a relief. Well done.

Tina, how are you, I feel dreadful for not being in touch sooner. Please let me know how you got on, I do hope you are ok and the results were better than you anticipated.

I’m ok thanks, just problems with an abscess in my mouth which I’ve now got antibiotics for.

Please write back if you see this post or pm me if you would prefer. Lots of love, Dianne x x x