The overall relative five-year survival rate for liver cancer is 15 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. Survival rates vary according to the stage of the cancer: 28 percent for localized, 7 percent for regional and 2 percent for distant.
The relative five-year survival rate is more than a simple percentage of cancer patients who live five years or more after diagnosis. To calculate the relative rate, the survival rate of cancer patients is divided by the survival rate of a similar group of people who do not have cancer. A relative survival rate takes into account causes of death other than cancer and is a more accurate measure of the prognosis for cancer patients, as stated by the American Cancer Society.