RE: [GIWorld-Hepatitis] Thank You All
- Hi Donna,
I also am very sorry to hear of your relapse. I wanted to say
that I agree with what Gail has said. I think if you retreat it
should be either with a different interferon or a stronger treatment.
However, if your fibrosis is advanced then any treatment may be of
benefit to help stop or slow progression. Have you had a biopsy, or
are you planning a biopsy, any time soon? Even though you relapsed
it's possible that the treatment helped your liver anyway.
Good luck! I know you have really tough decisions to make.
--- Gail Samples <samples@...> wrote:
> I am really sorry to read of the bad news. It is a real big
> let-down to go
> through treatment and then relapse. A doctor could prescribe
> pegylated interferon-which is different than Schering's plus
> Also, Amgen is working on a pegylated version of Infergen-which is
> a real
> ass kicker-but actually, the original non-pegylated Infergen at
> this time is
> the only 'FDA approved' treatement for relapsers. I don't know
> what shape
> your liver is in, but the time on treatment will have allowed it to
> heal a
> bit. Your reaction to a second round of treatment will depend on
> treatment you get, dosage, which interferon you take, etc. My
> belief is
> that any treatment after relapsing must be stronger than the
> treatment or it will not work. It doesn't sound like the trial you
> mentioned here will be effective. Again, I am sorry to hear of
> relapse. My guess would be to give yourself some time to let
> things sink in
> before making a decision about re-treatment.
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