Liver Cancer: After Treatment

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 03/2014

ON THIS PAGE: You will read about your medical care after cancer treatment is finished and why this follow-up care is important. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

After treatment for HCC ends, talk with your doctor about developing a follow-up care plan. This plan will include regular physical examinations, imaging tests (such as ultrasound), and blood tests to monitor your recovery for the coming months and years.

ASCO offers cancer treatment summary forms to help keep track of the cancer treatment you received and develop a survivorship care plan once treatment is completed.

Careful follow-up care is important no matter what type of treatment was used. Follow-up care will not only measure how effective the treatment has been but also allow early detection of any recurrence. This is particularly important because there is always a risk that the tumor will come back after treatment or that another tumor will develop. Research to find ways to prevent second cancers and recurrent HCC is ongoing, but there is no standard prevention method at this time.

People recovering from HCC are encouraged to follow established guidelines for good health, such as maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, eating a balanced diet, and having recommended cancer screening tests. Talk with your doctor to develop a plan that is best for your needs. Moderate physical activity can help you rebuild your strength and energy level. Your doctor can help you create an appropriate exercise plan based upon your needs, physical abilities, and fitness level. Learn more about the next steps to take in survivorship, including making positive lifestyle changes.

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