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Liver Cancer Survival Rates

Overall Liver Cancer Survival Rates

Liver cancer survival rates can be calculated by different methods for different purposes. The liver cancer survival rates presented here are based on the relative liver cancer survival rate, which measures the survival of the cancer patients in comparison to the general population to estimate the effect of cancer. The overall five-year relative liver cancer survival rate for 1995-2001 was 9.0 percent.
Five-year relative survival rates for liver cancer by race and sex were:
  • 7.4 percent for white men
  • 10.6 percent for white women
  • 5.5 percent for black men
  • 4.6 percent for black women.

Liver Cancer Survival Rates Based on Stage

The stage of liver cancer plays a role in the liver cancer survival rate as well. Based on historical data:
  • 31 percent of liver cancer cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage)
  • 26 percent are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes or directly beyond the primary site
  • 22 percent are diagnosed after the cancer has already metastasized (distant stage)
  • In 22 percent of cases, the staging information was unknown.
The corresponding five-year relative liver cancer survival rates were:
  • 19.0 percent for localized
  • 6.6 percent for regional
  • 3.4 percent for distant
  • 3.3 percent for unstaged.
(Click Liver Cancer Statistics for more statistics on liver cancer.)
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