Lv 4
LaLa asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsCancer · 4 years ago

What is the life expectancy of liver cancer?

Liver cancer is the primary cancer, which it started from the liver. The illness is hepatocellular carcinoma. A 36 year old female has this cancer. Please help and no rude answers.


It's obvious that she doesn't have that many options. She already have 3 large cancer tumors in her liver. Please help and she's only 36. I feel bad for her.

5 Answers

  • 4 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    1. Survival rates for liver cancer

    Survival rates are often used by doctors as a standard way of discussing a person's prognosis (outlook). Some patients might want to know the survival statistics for people in similar situations, while others may not find the numbers helpful, or may even not want to know them. If you do not want to read about the survival statistics for liver cancer, skip to the next section.

    The 5-year survival rate refers to the percentage of patients who live at least 5 years after their cancer is diagnosed. Of course, many of these people live much longer than 5 years. Five-year relative survival rates, such as the numbers below, assume that some people will die of other causes and compare the observed survival with that expected for people without the cancer. This is a more accurate way to describe the prognosis for patients with a particular type and stage of cancer.

    To get 5-year survival rates, doctors have to look at people who were treated at least 5 years ago. Although the numbers below are among the most current we have available, improvements in treatment since then may result in a more favorable outcome for people now being diagnosed with liver cancer.

    Survival rates are often based on previous outcomes of large numbers of people who had the disease, but they cannot predict what will happen to any particular person. Knowing the type and the stage of a person's cancer is important in estimating their outlook. But many other factors may also affect a person's outcome, such as a person's overall health (especially whether or not they have cirrhosis), the treatment received, and how well the cancer responds to treatment. Even when taking these other factors into account, survival rates are rough estimates at best. Your doctor can tell you how and if the numbers below apply to you.

    The numbers below come from the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, and are based on patients who were diagnosed with liver cancer (hepatocellular type) between 2003 and 2009.

    The SEER database does not divide liver cancer survival rates by AJCC TNM stages. Instead, it groups cancer cases into summary stages:

    Localized means the cancer is still confined to the liver, and includes stages I, II, and some stage III cancers. This includes a wide range of cancers, some of which are easier to treat than others.

    Regional means the cancer has grown into nearby organs or has spread to nearby lymph nodes, and includes stages IIIC and IVA cancers.

    Distant means that the cancer has spread to distant organs or tissues and is the same as stage IVB.


    5-year Relative Survival Rate







    For all stages combined, the relative 5-year survival rate from liver cancer is about 15%. Part of the reason for this low survival rate is that most patients with liver cancer also have other liver problems such as cirrhosis, which itself can be fatal.

    In general, survival rates are higher for people who can have surgery to remove their cancer, regardless of the stage. For example, studies have shown that patients with small, resectable tumors who do not have cirrhosis or other serious health problems are likely to do well if their cancers are removed. Their overall 5-year survival is over 50%. For people with early-stage liver cancers who have a liver transplant, the 5-year survival rate is in the range of 60% to 70%.

    • Commenter avatarLogin to reply the answers
  • Matt
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    The 5 year survival rate of metastatic liver cancer that has spread regionally (Stage III) is 10%. So 90% of these people die within 5 years, some much, much sooner.

    This is a question that only her oncologist can answer. The question is what treatments is she eligible for, and how effective will they be.

    • Commenter avatarLogin to reply the answers
  • 4 years ago

    This is unanswerable without more information regarding stage and treatment options. The liver is known for its amazing ability to regenerate, so surgery, chemo and/or radiation are options, as well as possibility of liver transplant. She could live weeks or she could live years. No way to know right now.

    • Commenter avatarLogin to reply the answers
  • april
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    What stage is your "friend's" liver, primary, hepatocellular carcinoma??

    • Commenter avatarLogin to reply the answers
  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • tom
    Lv 5
    4 years ago

    It won't live long with Sativa CBD oils but it hangs around with mainstream medical surgery chemo and radiation!!! The only "treatment" you need is to put one drop of oil on your tongue and wipe the oils onto the roof of your mouth and you are done til tomorrow then repeat and wait another day to do it again every day til the cancer is gone, maybe a week or more!!! That is treatment done the cannabis way!!!

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.