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Follow-up care after treatment of liver cancer

Patients who have completed treatment intended to cure primary liver cancer should be seen every 3 months for the first year, thereafter every 6 months. The frequency and duration of follow-up is individualized according to treatment modality type of cancer.  

In the first year, the patient should be checked at the center where treatment was carried out. Later checks should be done in dialog with the patient's local hospital if geographical circumstances allow. 

All patients with liver transplants are included in Rikshospitalet's special follow-up program. For a resection or radiofrequency ablation, there is a significant risk of recurrence. Checks should therefore continue for 5 years. 

Checks include: 

  • CT scan of liver (3 phase)/possibly MRI
  • Ultrasound of liver with contrast reinforcement
  • CT scan of thorax
  • Blood tests (liver tests, cancer markers). In patients having raised cancer markers before treatment (AFP/CA19-9), these levels will provide postoperative prognostic information.

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