This fellow’s photo is here to encourage you to stick around to read the stuff below.
My Mamaw took Bufferin for her “sick headaches”. In looking back I realize she had migraines. One day after coming out of the darkened bedroom, fixing her bun, she said “How do it know where to go?”. This is a woman who gave birth to 11 kids at home.
The main reason to endure treatment is to kill the virus and get on with life. With the addition of Bocephevir (Victrelis) and Telaprevir (Incivek) , chances of clearing the virus have improved. But, even if this isn’t achieved, there are other benefits:
- slow down the disease,
- reduce or reverse liver damage
- , reduce risk of liver cirrhosis/cancer,
- reduce need for liver transplant.
So how do we know the Hep C drugs are killing the virus? “How do it know where to go?”
Resist the urge to glaze over the terms below. Insist that someone on the treatment team explain the lingo to you. If that person can’t explain it, they shouldn’t be there. This is the language of your doctor when talking of your Hep C treatment results.
VL = Baseline Viral Load: Amount of virus in your blood before treatment
RVR = Rapid Viral Response: The faster the response the better the chance of getting to cure. This is assessed at 4 weeks
EVR = Early Viral Response: How you respond after 12 weeks of treatment.
SVR = Sustained Viral Response: No detectable virus 6 months after completion of treatment. This is my next hurdle.
- Jana Lee, RN, CCRN, Advanced Liver Therapies, Houston
- Partial Responders (heplikeme.com)
- What is a Log? And other treatment booga-booga lingo (heplikeme.com)
- July is Hepatitis Awarness Month (sylviawmcgrath.wordpress.com), although some say March is Hep Aware Month- Whatever