A person diagnosed with liver cancer will definitely have apprehensions like what will be the prognosis, how long will I live, what is the best mode of treatment. Understanding the prognosis of liver cancer and what the future holds helps the patient and the family to handle the disease and living with it better.
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Prognosis of any cancer is dependent on many factors, some of the important ones are:
While informing a patient about the prognosis the doctor considers all the factors that affect the disease, treatment and chances of recovery. Prognosis is generally predicted based on the information provided by studies on the particular cancer.
Like any other cancer prognosis of patients with liver cancer depends on:
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Prognosis of liver cancer despite of years of research and advances in treatment is guarded. The five-year liver cancer survival rate is approximately 7--9 percent. Based on studies the five-year relative survival rates for liver cancer are;
Prognosis of localised liver cancer is better as compared to cancer which has spread to other organs and lymph nodes. Life expectancy of liver cancer based on stage is as follows;
Prognosis of liver cancer is poor because most cases remain undetected for a longtime and most liver cancers do not respond well to treatment. If the liver cancer can be removed surgically, prognosis is improved survival rate is about 75 per cent after 1 year of surgery, 50 per cent after 3 years of surgery and about 30 per cent after 5 years of surgery. Hence if the cancer can be removed complete surgical removal is done. Early detection can improve the prognosis of liver cancer. So if you have factors which increase your risk of liver cancer consult your doctor regularly to detect the cancer at an early stage.
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