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As a patient might ask, “Doctor, now that you have successfully removed my liver cancer, what are my chances?”
“We are very pleased that you have recovered so well from the operation but, unfortunately, as we have discussed previously, this is a serious cancer and we know that as many as two-thirds of patients die within the first 2 years. However, if you are alive after 3 years, your chances of long-term survival are good,” might be a physician’s response.
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