Preparing for the end of treatment

When your treatment finishes you will have regular check-ups, which may include a physical examination and a blood test. Depending on the treatment you had you may have regular CT scans to check the tumour hasn’t come back. 

If you had a liver transplant you will have tests to make sure your body isn’t rejecting the new liver. Your doctor or nurse will tell you what to look for.

Make sure you give yourself time to recover from your treatment, pace yourself and ask for help from friends and family. Because the liver breaks down alcohol, your specialist may advise you not to drink for a period of time. They may ask you to cut down or cut alcohol out altogether if your liver can’t cope with it.

Some people want to make some changes to their lifestyle after cancer treatment. Eating healthily, being active and cutting down or giving up smoking can all help your recovery. Some people also find that complementary therapies can help too.

After treatment – follow-up

After your treatment has finished, you will have regular check-ups. Your specialist will do a physical examination and you will usually have blood tests taken. Depending on the treatment you had, you may have regular CT scans to check the tumour hasn’t come back. After a liver transplant, you also have checks to make sure your body isn’t rejecting the new liver. Your doctor or nurse will talk to you about what to look out for.

Many people find that they get very anxious before appointments. This is natural. It may help to get support from family, friends or another organisation.

If you have any problems or notice any new symptoms in between check-ups, let your doctor or nurse know as soon as possible.

Share your experience

Having cancer is a life-changing experience. When treatment finishes, many people find it helps to talk about it and share their thoughts, feelings and advice with other people. This can be especially helpful for other people with primary liver cancer who are perhaps about to start their treatment. Just hearing about how you’ve coped, what side effects you had and how you managed them is very helpful to someone in a similar situation.

We can help you share your story. Call us on 0808 808 00 00 for more information.


Taking care of yourself

After treatment you are likely to feel very tired and you may still be coping with some side effects. It’s important to take care of yourself to allow your body time to recover. Make sure you get enough rest and eat well. Ask family and friends to help out so you save energy for the things you want to do. Remember to pace yourself.

If your treatment was to try and cure the cancer you may want to focus on making the most of your health.

Alcohol

Because the liver breaks down alcohol your specialist may advise you not to drink for a period of time after treatment, or to cut down or cut out alcohol altogether. Your liver may not be able to cope with it, so ask your specialist doctor or nurse for advice.

Try to eat well

Try to eat healthily, this can help you recover. Even if you don’t have much of an appetite, make sure you have regular snacks. There are also supplement drinks (some are available on prescription) you can take to make sure you’re getting enough energy and nutrients. Ask your doctor or nurse to refer you to a dietitian if you need more advice.

Stop smoking

If you’re a smoker, speak to your doctor for advice.

Being active

Taking regular short walks can help to build up your energy levels after treatment and help reduce stress. You can gradually build up what you do as you recover.

Complementary therapies

Some people find that using some complementary therapies help them to relax or cope with some treatment side effects. Some hospitals or support groups may offer therapies, such as relaxation or aromatherapy.

Back to Beginning to recover

Controlling symptoms

Treatment usually helps to improve the symptoms of the cancer. But there are also other ways in which symptoms can be controlled.

Lifestyle and well-being

Looking after yourself and doing some physical activity can be an important part of your recovery.