Liver Cancer

Stephen Taft

Definition of Liver Cancer

    Liver Cancer, also known as hepatic cancer, is a cancer that originates in the liver. Liver tumors are discovered on medical imaging equipment (often by accident) or present themselves symptomatically as an abdominal mass, abdominal pain, yellow skin, nausea or liverdysfunction.


    Many patients who develop liver cancer have long-standing cirrhosis (scar tissue formation from liver cell damage). Doctors may do tests to look for liver cancer if a patient with cirrhosis gets worse for no apparent reason.

Treatment for Liver Cancer

Liver cancer cannot be cured, but there is treatment available. Treatments vary but may include removal of part of the liver, transplant, chemotherapy, and in some cases radiation.
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Prognosis for Liver Cancer

Your doctor may call this your prognosis. With liver cancer, the likely outcome and treatment depends on how advanced the cancer is when it is diagnosed. Once diagnosed, your life expectancy will then drop lots.

Expected life

    5 years, More than 10 in 100 people (10%) will survive for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed. Many people with liver cancer also have scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) caused by infection or long term alcohol damage.

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