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Liver cancer survival rates express the percentage of people who survive the disease for a specific period of time after their diagnosis. In most cases, survival rates for liver cancer refer to five-year survival rates. The liver cancer survival rates provided in the following article 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.

Liver Cancer Survival Rates: An Introduction

Liver cancer survival rates indicate the percentage of people with liver cancer who survive the disease for a specific period of time after their diagnosis. Often, statistics refer to the five-year liver cancer survival rate, which refer to the percentage of people who are still alive five years after a liver cancer diagnosis, whether they have few or no signs or symptoms of liver cancer, are free of disease, or are receiving treatment for the disease.
Liver cancer survival rates are based on large groups of people. They cannot be used to predict what will happen to a particular patient. No two patients are exactly alike, and liver cancer treatment and responses to treatment vary greatly.

Factors Affecting Liver Cancer Survival Rates

In general, the liver cancer survival rate depends on:
  • 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.
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