After liver cancer treatment

Older man and his adult daughter

What follow-up do I need?

No matter what type of cancer treatment you get, you will still need to go back to hospital for regular check-ups once it is over. This is called follow-up. 

The follow-up may involve having blood tests and scans, such as MRI or CT scans. At first you might have follow-up appointments every 3 months and then 6 monthly. After this, if all is going well it might be ultrasound surveillance. If any problems arise this will change.

You will also have the chance to ask any questions you have, and to let your doctor know if you are having any problems or finding it hard to cope.

If you are between check-ups and have a symptom or problem that is worrying you, let your doctor know. Make an appointment to see him or her as soon as possible.

What if the cancer comes back?

If your cancer comes back your oncologist will discuss with you what options are available to you. Your treatment options will depend on a number of factors such as

  • The extent of the recurrence-has it come back somewhere else in the liver or has it travelled to other organs such as the lungs?
  • What treatments you have had already and how well you responded to them.
  • How well you are generally and what your liver function tests are like.
  • Your own feelings around further treatment.
  • Your doctor’s recommendation.

Do write down your questions for your meeting with your doctor. You can ring one of our nurses to help you with these questions at 1800 200 700. 

Feelings after treatment

It can take some time to come to terms with a cancer diagnosis, even after your treatment has ended. Read about feelings after treatment and where to get support. 

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