Liver cancer may be curable if caught in its earliest stage and surgical intervention to remove the tumor is successful, according to the American Cancer Society. The prognosis for liver cancer is heavily weighted by the size and location of the tumor in proximity to nearby blood vessels.
The relative survival rate for liver cancer at the five-year marker is around 15 percent. Individuals with localized liver cancer that has not yet metastasized have a 28 percent survival rate at the five-year marker, while those with liver cancer that has metastasized regionally have a 7 percent survival rate. If the cancer has metastasized to distant organs, the five-year survival rate drops to just 2 percent, according to the American Cancer Society.