Yes, hepatocellular cancer is quiet common in alcoholics who are in cirrhosis. The cause of liver cancer is usually scarring of the liver. Cirrhosis may be caused by viral hepatitis
, primarily hepatitis B and C, alcohol abuse
, certain autoimmune diseases of the liver, and other diseases that result in chronic inflammation of the liver
Aggressive surgery or liver transplantation
may be successful in treating small or slow-growing tumors if they are diagnosed early. Chemotherapy
and radiation treatments are not usually effective but may be used to shrink large tumors so that surgery has a greater chance of success.
The usual outcome is poor, because only 10 - 20% of hepatocellular carcinomas can be removed completely using surgery. If the cancer cannot be completely removed, the disease is usually deadly within 3 to 6 months, although this varies greatly. Survival much longer than this occasionally occurs.