Supportive care for liver cancer
Supportive care helps people meet the physical, practical, emotional and spiritual challenges of cancer. It is an important part of cancer care. There are many programs and services available to help meet the needs and improve the quality of life of people living with cancer and their loved ones, especially after treatment has ended.
Recovering from liver cancer and adjusting to life after treatment is different for each person. Recovery depends on the stage of the disease, the type of treatment and many other factors. The end of cancer treatment may bring mixed emotions. Even though treatment has ended, there may be other issues to deal with, such as coping with long-term side effects.
Living with advanced liver cancer
Most people have advanced liver cancer when they are diagnosed. Advanced cancer is defined as cancer that is unlikely to be cured. Treatment is focused on relieving symptoms, controlling the cancer and improving quality of life.
People with liver cancer are often in poor health because their liver no longer works properly.
Talk to your healthcare team about ways to manage the following symptoms:
- pain, which can get worse with advanced cancer and may be difficult to manage in the late stages of the disease
- nausea and vomiting
- loss of appetite
Find out more about choosing care and treatment for advanced cancer.
Questions to ask about supportive care
To make the decisions that are right for you, ask your healthcare team questions about supportive care after treatment.
I was in total shock when I heard the diagnosis of cancer. Cancer to me was an adult’s disease. Being a 13-year-old teenager, it certainly wasn’t even on my radar.
Making progress in the cancer fight
The 5-year cancer survival rate has increased from 25% in the 1940s to 60% today.