9. Even after you are cured of the virus, you still need checkups. A cirrhosis diagnosis resulting from hepatitis C means lifelong monitoring for liver cancer, Graham says. And getting an abdominal ultrasound every six months helps your doctor look for early signs of cancer, according to guidelines from the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD). Someone with milder liver scarring can usually go back to routine medical care after ridding the body of hepatitis C.