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I've just finished treatment

Ask the questions and follow the guidelines below to make sure you are given all the tools and information you need to stay healthy.

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  • Questions to ask your doctor
  • Next steps
  • Questions to ask your doctor:

    • What post-treatment plan do you recommend for me, and why?
    • How long can I expect to continue feeling pain or any side effects from the treatments?
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    • What are the pros, cons, and side effects of any post-treatment therapies you recommend?
    • Will any physical limitations I’m experiencing be permanent?
    • Is there anything I’m now at greater risk for because of any treatments I received?
    • What symptoms should I look out for that may be a sign of a progression, recurrence, or another problem?
    • What are common emotional responses to ending treatment, and what can I do to combat negative feelings or anxiety?
    • Where can I find out about liver cancer support groups run by professional counselors?
    • What are steps I can take to lower my chances of a recurrence, stay healthy, and reduce stress?

    Next steps

    1. Make a clear follow-up plan with your doctor and stick with it. Follow-up plans typically consist of regular physical examinations, blood tests, CT scans, MRIs, or other tests. You usually need to check in with your doctor every 3 to 6 months for the first 2 years after treatment.

    2. Keep a copy of your medical records. It’s important to have a complete record of your previous treatments on hand so that any new doctors you may see can be well-informed about your history.

    3. Bring a friend or family member along for follow-up appointments. Because check-ups with your healthcare providers can be stressful after a bout with cancer, it’s a good idea to ask someone you’re close to and comfortable with to accompany you to your appointments.

    Smart Moves

    Your oncologist or the social worker at the hospital or facility where you were treated may be able to recommend a therapist who specializes in working with cancer survivors, either individually or in a group setting.

    4. Give yourself time to settle back into a normal routine. Cancer can turn your life upside down, so don’t be surprised if it takes some time to find your rhythm again.

    5. Take steps if negative feelings get in the way of everyday life. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, guilt, and even depression after cancer treatment. But if sadness or worries about the cancer coming back are interfering with your day-to-day life, you may want to talk to a licensed mental health professional.

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