Liver cancer recurrence happens when cancerous cells reappear after a patient’s cancer treatment has been completed and the patient has experienced a period of remission. Cancer recurrence that is detected early is often easiest to treat, which is why a physician will create a follow-up care schedule. This schedule may include regular physical exams, blood tests and imaging tests, such as ultrasounds, CT scans or MRIs.
In order to reduce the risk of liver cancer recurrence, a physician may also suggest certain lifestyle changes. Typically, the physician will recommend that patients in remission stop smoking and refrain from consuming large amounts of alcohol. Other suggestions may include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising moderately and eating a well-balanced diet. While taking these precautions will not prevent cancer from reappearing, making these lifestyle changes can assist with a patient’s recovery process and also lower the chances of a liver cancer recurrence.
In the event that liver cancer does reappear, turn to the world-renowned staff at Moffitt Cancer Center. Our Gastrointestinal Oncology Program offers some of the most effective treatment options for fighting liver cancer recurrence. Some of these treatment programs may include supportive care to relieve symptoms, reduce pain and improve comfort. Other treatments may include:
- Radiation therapy
- Surgery, if resection is possible
- Groundbreaking clinical trials
Our multispecialty team of liver cancer experts is dedicated to creating an effective treatment plan that will not only combat the disease, but also reduce side effects and help patients continue to live their lives to the fullest. Thanks to our collaborative team, state-of-the-art equipment and efforts in clinical trial research, Moffitt has been named a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. As such, our patients receive some of the best care and most effective treatment options available.
To learn more about what sets Moffitt Cancer Center apart from other cancer treatment facilities, or for more information on our liver cancer recurrence treatment options, contact us by completing our new patient registration form or by calling 1-888-663-3488.