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Liver Cancer

  • Posted: 04/29/2009

Follow-up Care

You'll need regular checkups (such as every 3 months) after treatment for liver cancer. Checkups help ensure that any changes in your health are noted and treated if needed. If you have any health problems between checkups, you should contact your doctor.

Sometimes liver cancer comes back after treatment. Your doctor will check for return of cancer. Checkups may include a physical exam, blood tests, ultrasound, CT scans, or other tests.

For people who have had a liver transplant, the doctor will test how well the new liver is working. The doctor also will watch you closely to make sure the new liver isn't being rejected. People who have had a liver transplant may want to discuss with the doctor the type and schedule of follow-up tests that will be needed.

The NCI has publications to help answer questions about follow-up care and other concerns. You may find it helpful to read the NCI booklet Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment. You may also want to read the NCI fact sheet Follow-up Care After Cancer Treatment.