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Liver Cancer Forums => Living with Liver Cancer => Topic started by: livingwithLC on August 22, 2019, 04:18:58 pm

Title: HCC
Post by: livingwithLC on August 22, 2019, 04:18:58 pm
Was just diagnosed with hep c and hcc, was told my only chances were to have a transplant. Doctors want to act fast and while i know it is my best option i want to know- what is life like after a liver transplant so I know what to expect quality of life-wise. Thanks.
Title: Re: HCC
Post by: Cancer Health Editors on December 04, 2019, 01:13:19 pm
Our sister site Hep has a great Basics page all about liver transplants. We hope it answers many of your questions.

https://www.hepmag.com/basics/hepatitis-c-basics/transplantation

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The first human liver transplant was attempted in Denver, Colorado, in 1963 by a team headed by Thomas Starzl, MD. Four years later, the procedure was performed successfully. Survival rates have been steadily improving, particularly with the introduction of anti-rejection medications. Liver transplantation is a complicated surgery, requiring lifelong follow-up care. However, liver transplant recipients are usually able to return to normal activities after recovering for several months.
Title: Re: HCC
Post by: livingwithLC on December 02, 2020, 12:13:30 pm
Hi to everyone on CH!

I have good news during these crazy times. My liver transplant went as well as could be expected and these last 6 months have been a long recovery. The strong meds to prevent rejection really took a toll on my body and I have found that getting physically fit (I was a frequent gym goer prior to the transplant) has been difficult. anyone have any tips for getting active during/after recovery?
Title: Re: HCC
Post by: iana5252 on December 02, 2020, 07:28:04 pm
So happy to hear you were able to get your transplant and are doing well.

Having survived a major surgery myself several years ago my suggestion is to take it slow and be patient with yourself. Everyone responds differently to major trauma so listen to your body and take pleasure in the small steps. You'll get there.