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Can surgery completely cure liver cancer? its stage 1 liver cancer, and the doctor says he should be able to get the whole tumor, no problem. does that mean ill be cured?

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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 36 years experience
The : The simple answer is that yes, stage 1 liver cancer can be cured by surgery. It's impossible to be more specific in your particular case, though, since the likelihood of cure depends on the size and location of the tumor. The fact that your surgeons believes he can "get the whole tumor" is a very good sign. Some people develop liver cancer because of underlying liver disease (hepatitis, alcohol abuse, hemochromatosis, and others), and these people are at risk for new cancers even if the first one is completely removed. If you have these risk factors, the best way to reduce your likelihood of new cancers is to stop using alcohol and take antiviral medications as prescribed to keep your viral load under control.
Dr. Christopher Oxner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
Yes/ No: It is possible for very early cancers to be cured by surgery but there are many factors which are important. If this is hepatocellular carcinoma, there is a risk of local and distant recurrence even in early cancers. Most of the numbers and percentages we discuss are based on previous studies and probability, but your tumor is specific to you. It will be important to discuss this with your doc.

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