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I would like to know whether you are taking any medications for treatment of HCV or not ? Hepatitis C
is virus that effects the liver and causes chronic liver damage
that can leads to cirrhosis
and even cancer of the liver. Hence it is very important to treat HCV. However HCV treatment is expensive and requires regular monitoring. Without taking treatment of HCV only 10% of patient have spontaneous clearance of the virus that means most patients require to be treated with medications.
3 carries a relatively good prognosis and hence treatment is possible and effective. If we begin treatment for HCV you need to do the following:
1. HCV RNA
2. Liver biopsy
to see the stage of liver damage - if you are not willing for a biopsy you can go for a newer non invasive technique called FIBROSCAN.
Based on the above reports we can start you on treatment for HCV with Peg interferon
and ribavrain. after starting the medications you need to recheck the HCV RNA levels at 4, 12 and 24 wks of therapy and 24 wks after therapy is completed. the treatment is generally for 24 wks depending on the response.