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Author Topic: What will my mother need to test when 12 weeks of treatment?  (Read 4892 times)

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Offline mary.wei

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My mother has cirrhosis of the liver. She need 24 weeks of treatment.She have started on generic Harvoni about 11 weeks ago. What will she need to test when 12 weeks of treatment?
1. Viral load
2. Liver function test
3. Boood routine test
4. AFP
5. B ultrasound
6. Is it necessary to do a Fibroscan?
In addition, does she need to do other test?

Offline yag1064

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Re: What will my mother need to test when 12 weeks of treatment?
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2016, 10:41:31 am »
Good Morning Mary,
     Is your mother under the care of a Doctor who prescribed the treatment? If she is, forward your questions that doctor. For the most part, the doctor will usually have your mother complete some or all of the tests on your list. Don't be afraid to ask questions to your doctor. The better she is informed about the details of treatment, the less stress she may have. Stress is the one thing your mother needs to avoid.
    My liver is cirrhotic and I was only given the 12 wk treatment. I was given viral load before and two weeks into treatment, one wk after treatment, then 12 wk and 24 wk after treatment.
   Have confidence your mother will be free of the virus. Harvoni is good stuff.
Tested positive 2007
Non respond-er to treatment 16wk of 48wk
Started I/R/Sol May 2014
Hep C returned as of Jan 2015
Started Harvoni Sep 16, 2015
1st Test V/L:20
2nd Test V/L: undetectable
Dec 2015 EOT V/L undetectable
12 wk SVR :undetectable  Mar 25,2016
24 wk SVR: undetectable  Jun 24,2016
52 wk SVR undetectable   Dec 16,2016   -- I,m past it!!!

Offline Lynn K

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Re: What will my mother need to test when 12 weeks of treatment?
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2016, 08:37:52 pm »
Whatever tests her doctor is requesting.

Also on treatment viral load testing means very little the only viral load test of importance is the 12 weeks after treatment has ended that is the test to show the treatment has worked and the person is cured.

Personally in my non medical opinion she would only maybe need a CBC and liver function panel. She should have AFP an abdominal ultrasound at 6 month intervals so six months after her last AFP and ultrasound. This is not related to being on treatment but because she should be followed for her cirrhosis.

Fibroscan at this time would mean little. Maybe have one a year after she has completed treatment  or maybe 5 years after. Cirrhosis does not reverse quickly if it does at all.

Just to add I am not a medical person of any kind and as yag has said you should ask her doctor
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!


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