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A person's prognosis for liver cancer depends on the following:
  • The stage of the cancer (the size of the tumor, whether it affects part or all of the liver, or has spread to other places in the body)
  • How well the liver is working
  • The patient's general health, including whether there is cirrhosis of the liver
  • Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels.


(Click Liver Cancer Prognosis for more information.)



The American Cancer Society estimates that 18,510 men and women (12,600 men and 5,910 women) will be diagnosed with liver cancer and that 16,200 men and women will die of liver cancer in 2006.
(Click Liver Cancer Statistics for more information.)

Summary of Key Points on Liver Cancer

The following points are important to remember:
  • Primary liver cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the liver
  • Having hepatitis or cirrhosis can affect the risk of developing liver cancer
  • Possible signs of liver cancer include a lump or pain on the right side
  • Tests that examine the liver and the blood are used to detect and diagnose liver cancer
  • Certain factors (such as the stage of the cancer and the patient's general health) affect prognosis and treatment options for liver cancer.
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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