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Offline Mugwump

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HCV removal and quality of life after cure
« on: January 29, 2020, 05:33:25 am »
Just had a very good specialist call to inform me that my MRI is clear. There is a serious history of prostate cancer in my family and my younger brother just caught it in time. So as you can well imagine that having a pronounced abnormality show up was not a shock for me but certainly an extra source of concern to say the least. The good thing about having an MRI done all the way up to the liver to rule out any possibility of metastatic cancers  happening ruled out a fear that had me sweating bullets again.

If any here are in a similar risk group as I am then having the prostate exam done post HCV treatment is very important. Consulting with the specialist, he said quite specifically that the strain of having had HCV messing with liver functions for years is an unknown factor in whether or not HCV infection can increase the risks for those of us who go on to develop prostate issues late in life. BUT it only stands to reason that having had HCV might increase the risks for those of us who develop prostate cancers.

I have not had a prostate biopsy so I cannot know if the disease is a form of cancer, but statistically a hard swelling of the gland is known to be either a benign form of cancer or it can be metastatic.

All I know is that the relief getting the news that there is no sign of any abnormalities beyond my prostate is one hell of a weight lifted off my mind.

Don't ignore the advice of doctors to have your prostate checked and if there is any sign of abnormalities at all get a PSA and regular testing done.

RIP Frank Zappa, Dave Cahill my father Blake and countless others who did not catch it in time!

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Offline iana5252

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Re: HCV removal and quality of life after cure
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2020, 08:30:11 am »
Congrats Eric. Happy to hear you got the all clear!

Offline Lynn K

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Re: HCV removal and quality of life after cure
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2020, 10:33:46 am »
Hi Eric glad you have good news and thanks for the reminder we need to take care of our health beyond focusing on our history of hep c
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 KimInTheForest

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Re: HCV removal and quality of life after cure
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2020, 11:11:55 am »
Congrats Eric! Glad to hear your good news that your MRI was clear.

kim :)
Kim Goldberg (Nanaimo, BC)
1970s: Contracted HCV (genotype 3a)
2015: Cured with Harvoni + ribavirin (12 weeks)
MY STORY: https://pigsquash.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/undetectable-my-hep-c-story/


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