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Treatment Options for Hepatitis C

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Rodney Goodie, the chief executive officer of the St. Hope Foundation in Houston, Texas, is committed to bringing medical care to vulnerable populations. Rodney Goodie leads St. Hope in its care of patients with Hepatitis C and other infectious diseases.

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Treatment Options for Hepatitis C

  1. 1. Treatment Options for Hepatitis C Rodney Goodie
  2. 2. Introduction  Rodney Goodie, the chief executive officer of the St. Hope Foundation in Houston, Texas, is committed to bringing medical care to vulnerable populations. Rodney Goodie leads St. Hope in its care of patients with Hepatitis C and other infectious diseases. Hepatitis C is a viral infection that has the potential to cause serious liver damage. It can be transmitted between patients but only through contact with the blood of an infected person. It is most common in those who inject illicit drugs and in those who received an organ transplant or blood donation before 1992, when Hepatitis C screening was not yet standard procedure. Once contracted, Hepatitis C is generally treated with antiviral drugs. Some act directly on the virus, though most inhibit the activity of proteins that the virus needs to replicate. The choice of medication depends on the type of infection that the patient has, as well as the extent of damage the virus has already done to the patient's liver.
  3. 3. HepatitisC  Most drug regimens last for 12 to 52 weeks, although some newer medicines can clear the body of the virus within eight weeks. The newer drugs also cause fewer side effects, whereas older medications put many patients at risk of fatigue, insomnia, depression, or other forms of illness. Furthermore, because there are so many drugs available, doctors may be able to try a different drug if the patient does not respond to the initial treatment or relapses afterward. Cases of Hepatitis C that are particularly advanced may lead to liver failure. If that occurs, a liver transplant may be necessary, provided that the patient is a suitable candidate.

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