Lifestyle Changes After Liver Cancer
You can't change the fact that you have had cancer. What you can change is how you live the rest of your life – making choices to help you stay healthy and feel as well as you can. This can be a time to look at your life in new ways. Maybe you are thinking about how to improve your health over the long term. Some people even start during cancer treatment.
Eating right can be hard for anyone, but it can get even tougher during and after cancer treatment. Treatment may change your sense of taste. Nausea can be a problem. You may not feel like eating and lose weight when you don't want to. Or you may have gained weight that you can't seem to lose. All of these things can be very frustrating.
Keep in mind that these problems usually get better over time.
One of the best things you can do after cancer treatment is to start healthy eating habits. Learn more in Nutrition and Physical Activity During and After Cancer Treatment: Answers to Common Questions.
Studies have shown that patients who follow an exercise program tailored to their personal needs feel better physically and emotionally and can cope better, too.
If you were sick and not very active during treatment, it is normal for your fitness, endurance, and muscle strength to decline. Any physical activity plan should fit your situation. A person who has never exercised will not be able to take on the same amount of exercise as someone who plays tennis twice a week. If you haven't exercised in a few years, you will have to start slowly – maybe just by taking short walks.
If the cancer comes back
If liver cancer does come back at some point, your treatment options will depend on where the cancer is, what treatments you’ve had before, and your overall health. For more on how recurrent cancer is treated, see Treatment of liver cancer, by stage. For more general information on dealing with a recurrence, you might also want to read Coping With Cancer Recurrence.
Last Medical Review: March 31, 2016 Last Revised: April 28, 2016