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Hepatitis b, effect of not taking medicines - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi my mom has hepatitis b. she hasn't yet had to take medication for it yet.i saw two tv programs in where a reporter and a tv preacher both had hepatitis c and in lot more critical condition than my mom. they both did chemotherapy for a year plus medication and for both hepatitis c completely disappeared. i was wonderin if this one avenue that my mom could take when her hepatits gets worse? thank you
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi i was wondering if you can answer the above question
Doctor :   Hepatitis infections - both B and C virus infections can be controlled.
Doctor :   I mean, the viral load, the rate of progress of the liver injury can be controlled by antiviral medications, interferrons, certain chemotherapy drugs and so on.
User :   shoul she wait till she has to start takin medication for it. when should she start lookin for chemotherapy or alternative treatment
Doctor :   Unfortunately, medical science is yet to find a complete cure, a drug which can make a person completely free from the virus.
Doctor :   Since the medications have lot of sideeffects, the medications are given based on the progress of the condition, the viral load and other parameters.
User :   a famous tv preacher was cleared of his hepatitis c . the doctors gave him 4% percent to succeed.and now he says he is completely cleared
User :   name is XXXXXXXX treat i believe
Doctor :   I am sorry, I am not aware of any such events.
Doctor :   Based on the facts available in medical science, presently.
Doctor :   this is the treatment plan available.
User :   how long can these medications keep my mom's liver from progessing to a deadly stage
User :   or can she comfortably lead a normal life with these medications?
Doctor :   The quality of life one has following hepatitis infection is based on various parameters,'
Doctor :   diet factors, present liver status, the viral load.
User :   what is viral load
Doctor :   Viral load refers to the number of active virus present.
User :   thank you doctor for your help
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