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What are your chances of living after you get liver cancer surgery?

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Dr. Samir Gupta
General Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Your 5 year life expectancy would be based on: the type of cancer you have (primary or metastatic), size of the lesion, number of lesions, whether both lobes are involved, and whether you have enough functional liver tissue. In general, if your surgeon and oncologist feel that you have resectable disease then they have an expectation of at least a 20-30% five year survival.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Depends: It is hard to say as it will depend on the type of cancer you have, the staging and the biology of the cancer. You should discuss in detail with your oncology team.
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
Depends on type: Survival after surgery for liver cancer depends on the nature of the cancer, whether it is primary (cancer is from the liver), or secondary (cancer goes to the liver). It also depends on the underlying condition of the liver, does it have cirrhosis? It depends on the size and number of cancer lesions and whether other structures in the liver are affected. Lastly it depends on the type of surgery.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Help doctors! what're your chances of living if you get liver cancer surgery?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Depends on tumor: Nowadays you'll almost certainly leave the hospital alive after surgery. If it's a primary liver cancer and quite small and the surgeons are optimistic about getting it all, you chance of a cure nowadays is probably better than even. Even metastatic disease can be managed for some tumors over years or even decades. You have a right to know the odds from your physician, though, ; decide.

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