Liver cancer survival rates are steadily improving. Researchers are continually developing more effective therapies, while oncologists are gaining a better understanding of which treatments to use in specific situations and how to best apply the concept of individualized medicine.
Survival rates of patients with liver cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for patients with localized liver cancer is 33%. This survival rate is reduced if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or nearby structures (11%) and even further reduced if the cancer has spread to distant structures, such as the lungs or the bones (2%).
Factors that influence a patient's prognosis
People who are diagnosed with early-stage liver cancer (cancer that has not spread to the lymph nodes or other organs) often have the most encouraging survival rates. However, there are many other factors that can influence a person’s prognosis. For instance:
- Patients who receive treatment at large, comprehensive cancer centers can benefit from the insight of many specialists, as well as advanced therapies that are tailored to their unique needs.
- Patients who participate in clinical trials can access therapies that aren’t yet available elsewhere, and this can be especially beneficial for patients who have late-stage liver cancer, recurrent liver cancer and other complex conditions.
- Patients who are young and in otherwise good health (e.g., patients who do not have cirrhosis or other related complications) often respond favorably to treatment.
- Patients who undergo surgery (such as a resection or a lobectomy) often have the most promising outcomes.
It is important to remember, though, that it is impossible to predict – even when considering these various factors – how a specific individual will respond to treatment. Today, many patients are living beyond their initial prognoses and finding enhanced quality of life with novel treatments and comprehensive supportive care.
Liver cancer treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center
The multispecialty liver cancer team in the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program has unparalleled experience in diagnosing and treating liver cancer of all stages. It is this high level of expertise that consistently yields exceptional outcomes and quality of life for our patients.
For more information about liver cancer survival rates, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. Our oncologists can review your case and help you determine the best treatment options for your specific needs.