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Hcv New Treatment
If a person suffer from hepatitis C and hold his treatment , could he restart treatment with the new drug Sovaldi ?
HEPATITIS C OPTIONS : Hepatitis C is very tricky disease that can be quiet for years then flare sometimes randomly. You need a through GI doctor who is a liver specialist to go over options. You need close monitoring of labs/abdominal us and periodic liver biopsy. Then discuss it he best option for you. ...Read more
Ask your Hepatologis: First of all, you should not be on victrelis (boceprevir) alone. It is given for only 12 weeks in addition to standard therapy with Ribavirin and interferon. Your hepatologist should discuss treatment duration, frequency of office visits as well as frequency of blood testing before you begin therapy. I suggest you contact your prescribing physician as soon as possible. ...Read more
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Does svr for hepatitis C (after therapy) mean total eradication of the virus? Can a man with svr on HCV be infectious to other household members?
Yes,late 2013?: Right now people with hcv genotype 3 have about a 70% cure rate with peg-ifn plus Ribavirin for 24 weeks. This is lower if they have cirrhosis. Gilead will file an nda with the fda soon for their new pill, sofosbuvir, combined with the pill ribavirin, for 12 weeks in genotype 3. The cure rates are about 60%. Higher cure rates may occur if ifn is added in. Talk with a hepatitis c specialist. ...Read more
Not sure: What specific new therapy you are referring to. If you know details it would be easy enough to say which diseases are appropriate for the therapy. ...Read more
Cirrhosis is late : Cirrhosis is a late and gradual (as well as progressive) complication of hepatitis. Think of cirrhosis as scarring resulting from ongoing liver damage. The earlier a person starts treatment, the more successful it will be to limit damage to the liver. However the decision to treat is based on disease activity and tolerating medication side effects. So treatment options have to be individualized ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Father 61yrs has HCV 10yrs. Now hcc stage 4.After tests doc told that curative methods not suitable and tace suggested. Who eligible for cure methods?
Go to a cancer ctr: I would suggest you see someone at a dedicated cancer center. There are many curative and palliative treatments for hcc. Tace is one treatment where chemotherapy is injected directly into the tumor through the artery. Seek out a cancer center that has oncologists, surgeons, and interventional radiologists working together to provide the best solution. ...Read more
Interferon is finite: Interferon is used for a specific period of time (decided upon by your hepatologist and you) and works better for some types of hbv over others. The hope is that , if it works, interferon clears the infection (done). Other medications like lamivudine, adefovir, entecavir, tenofovir and telbivudine need to be continued at this point lifelong. Resistance can occur & there are long term toxicities. ...Read more
Hbv +ve,My pcr hbv dna quantitative is 198,HBeAg -ve, Anti-HBe +ve, Anti-HBc IgM -ve, can you please explain the results& proposed treatment ?
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