How Is Liver Cancer Staged?

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The stage of cancer is a description of how widespread it is. The stage of a liver cancer is one of the most important factors in considering treatment options. A staging system is a standard way for the cancer care team to sum up information about how far a cancer has spread. Doctors use staging systems to get an idea about a patient's prognosis and to help determine the most appropriate treatment. There are several staging systems for liver cancer:
  • the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) TNM system
  • the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) staging system
  • the Cancer of the Liver Italian Program (CLIP) system
  • the Okuda system
It is worth noticed that not all doctors use the same system, you'd better ask your doctor for more detail. Keyword: liver cancer stages symptoms; stages liver cancer