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Survival statistics for liver cancer are very general estimates and must be interpreted very carefully. Because these statistics are based on the experience of groups of people, they cannot be used to predict a particular person’s chances of survival.
There are many different ways to measure and report cancer survival statistics. Your doctor can explain the statistics for liver cancer and what they mean to you.
Net survival represents the probability of surviving cancer in the absence of other causes of death. It is used to give an estimate of the percentage of people who will survive their cancer.
In Canada, the 5-year net survival for liver cancer is 19%. This means that, on average, about 19% of people diagnosed with liver cancer will survive for at least 5 years.
Survival varies with each stage of liver cancer. The following factors can also affect survival for liver cancer.
There are no specific Canadian statistics available for the median survival of different stages of liver cancer. The following information comes from a variety of sources and may include statistics from other countries.
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Median 5-year survival is 40%–70%, if treated with liver resection, radiofrequency ablation, or RFA, (for tumours 2 cm or less) or liver transplant.
Median survival is 16 months. It may increase to 20 months with transarterial chemoembolization (TACE).
Median survival is 8 months. It may increase to 11 months with targeted therapy.
Median survival is 3 months.
Talk to your doctor about your prognosis. A prognosis depends on many factors, including:
Only a doctor familiar with these factors can put all of this information together with survival statistics to arrive at a prognosis.