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Author Topic: When is first blood work during treatment? One month?  (Read 6405 times)

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Offline bassman55

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When is first blood work during treatment? One month?
« on: May 12, 2015, 10:49:46 pm »
Hello to all! I hope everyone is headed in the right direction with treatment and by that I mean up and cured  :)  Do doctors check your blood work after each month? I'm day 13 with Harvoni, and it's only 28 pills,I'm doing 12 weeks. So far ,so good. I only had one day that was kinda bad,last week had vertigo from around 5PM-10PM a little ringing in my ears,other than that I've been fishing,riding my motorcycle,playing music  8)
Alt 215
Fibrosis score 0.88
GGT 137
necroinflammat activity grade A3 severe activity
necroinflammat activity score 0.92

Offline Lynn K

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Re: When is first blood work during treatment? One month?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2015, 11:04:30 pm »
Different doctors have different protocols Some are not testing till EOT

But from what I have seen most are at 4 weeks

Good luck on treatment
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!

Offline GLCII

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Re: When is first blood work during treatment? One month?
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2015, 05:38:06 pm »

I think it depends on the Doc as Lynn said. My doctor put in a standing order that I get tested every two weeks. I started on Thursday 3/12/15 and had my first BT on Thursday the 26th and every other Thursday after that until my two week post Tx test. I'm waiting on my 4th set of test results to come back now with  3 of the 4 tests being back already. I'm waiting on the PCR RNA which is usually back by Monday.

Apparently, according to HFH Lab who returned my call this morning, there is a national shortage on the reactive agent used to test for the RNA PCR Quantitative. Atleast that's what she told me. She said the Main Campus in Detroit where that specific test is done, is around 300 tests behind and that I should get my result by this monday.
« Last Edit: May 15, 2015, 06:14:27 pm by GLCII »
Pre Tx (VL 12043488) ALT 52/ AST 39
Harvoni Start Date 03/12
2 Week in Tx Results HCV RNA Detected, less than 15 IU/mL. ALT 19 / AST 19
4 Weeks in Tx Results HCV RNA Not detected. ALT 21 / AST 18
12 Week in Tx Results HCV RNA Not detected. ALT 17 / AST 19
Post 12 Week EOT Tx ALT 19/ AST 19 (Undetected)
Post 24 Week EOT Tx ALT 19/ AST 15 (Undetected)


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Re: When is first blood work during treatment? One month?
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2015, 01:41:45 pm »
A lot of different treatment management between doctors with Harvoni. Since Harvoni is not result driven dosages (same 1 pill a day for everyone) Some are not doing anything until EOT and then 12 weeks, some get it done monthly and on. IMO as long as there is at least 1 test close to EOT so that if you are a non responder or slow to clear the doc may have the chance to extend your tx to 24 wk and / or add ribavirin .

I though I would get no tests until EOT then out of the blue may MD office called to have a 8  week and now a 10 week and I believe as long as it is still undetected Ill have a EOT lab and appointment followed with a 12 wk, 6 mo and 1 yr

* Contracted Hep C 1971 post transfusion (non A - non
   B Hep dx in 1971)
* Dx as Hep C early 2000
* Geno 1b
* Stage 3-4 Fibrosis by Biopsy and FibroScan
* VL at start of TX > 6 mil
* ALT/AST High normal range at start of Tx 
* Started Harvoni 12 week course 3/6/15 -
   completion 5/29/15
* Undetected at 6 weeks on Tx
* ALT/AST Mid normal range at 6 week blood test
* Completed 12 weeks (84 pills) 6/28/15
* Undetected at 11 weeks & 6 months EOT

Offline WmAllen

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Re: When is first blood work during treatment? One month?
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2015, 09:45:50 pm »
Got my first one the other week.. it was my 6th week. Then I have another one on my 12th and final week. Then I make Dr Appt.

 Bass Fishing? Water is getting warmed up here in PA. My son is taking off work Thursday and we are going on a road trip and fish all day. Smallmouth and Lgmouth are on the hit list where we are going.  8)
I was Cured after 12 Weeks of Harvoni
My 6 Months BW showed all of my Tests levels
in Normal Range and Virus Undetected.
I had a n easy time on TX.
Good Luck to All and
God Bless

Infected '79
Peg/Riba '05 failed
Harvoni Start Date 3/27
12 Weeks
5/9 Test Result
Alt 40
Ast 30
HCV RNA <15 undetected.

Offline Tpropane

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Re: When is first blood work during treatment? One month?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2015, 10:01:12 pm »
2, 4, 8, 12 weeks for me. EOT I understand 4, 8, 12.
Hep C 1A / TT diagnosed 2009
Non Responder Boceprevir/riba/peg 2011
F-4 Cirrhosis
TX Harvoni 24 weeks started 1/20/15
2 week labs VL 174!
4 week labs UNDETECTED !
8 week labs UNDETECTED !


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