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Questions on current treatment!
RRichard2005 posted:

I was dx in 2005. I am a 1b and did treatment in 2006 but relapsed during treatment and decided to wait awhile. I have seen a gastro for blood testing since then but not discussed current treatments. I am going to see a gastro soon but what like to know what the differences in the older treatment is vs. new treatments. Is the length of treatment the same? Are the side effects less or worse? Any help is appreciated!
billm57 responded:
the new treatments involve an added element to the old peg-inf / riba - the new element is whats known as a protease inhibitor - which directly acts against the viruses reproduction mechanism - there are two inhibitors available incivek and victrelis - relapsers to prior treatment and first time treaters do very well and many are able to do only 6 months or so of treatment - side effects are similar to old treatment but some can be more severe - esp anemia and rash
RRichard2005 replied to billm57's response:
Thanks! Have you treated with the old or new treatment? Also, do you think I should have a biopsy again before starting new treatment? My last one was in Jan 06 and I was stage 1. I just want to make sure that I get a good doctor. For example, back in 06 the first GI doc I was referred to didn't want a biopsy or anything and just gave me a script and sent me on my way. I knew something wasn't right so I asked for a referral to a doctor I researched and he insisted on a biopsy and I actually had to go through a small class before starting treatment. So I'd like to know what others think about the biopsy. I would think I would need one again.

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