Starting Treatment Friday
Jun 30, 2005
After reviewing past lab work and new lab work, my doctor is convinced I am in the acute phase of Hep C infection. I begin treatment this Friday with Pegasys and Ribavirin for 24 weeks. I am so concerned about the side effects and frankly scared. It often sounds like I will feel like I am dying. Can you offer me hope, other than the chance for a cure? Also, what are some of the therapies one might expect to address side effects? Thanks.
Response from Dr. McGovern
Treatment for acute hepatitis C is extremely successful. The eradication rates are extemely high so you should do well.
However, most patients have one symptom - fatigue - and some other complaints which they are willing to cope with because they are so anxious to give treatment a fair trial. Very few of my patients have been very ill secondary to interferon causing them to stop. Most get side effects which we can treat.
I think you will do extremely well and will be quite relieved if your hepatitis C is cured.
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