Living with Hepatitis C: Everything You Need to Know

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In this update of the 2001 patient education book, liver disease specialists explain the symptoms, standard and complementary therapies, self-help, and support to seek for this disorder that may require transplantation. Includes US, Canadian, and Internet resources. Annotation

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Overview

In this update of the 2001 patient education book, liver disease specialists explain the symptoms, standard and complementary therapies, self-help, and support to seek for this disorder that may require transplantation. Includes US, Canadian, and Internet resources. Annotation

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Reviewer: Jane S. Roccaforte, MD (University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Description: This book for patients infected with hepatitis C is part of the series, Your Personal Health. It contains an introduction, 10 chapters, a glossary, an index, and a resource guide.
Purpose: The authors have spent many years on the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of patients with hepatitis C. This book was written to help patients understand the current state of knowledge of hepatitis C and therefore be better be able to cope with the diagnosis. This is a worthy objective and it is well met.
Audience: The book is written specifically for the person newly diagnosed with hepatitis C. There is also a chapter for friends and family. The authors do a good job with clear explanations of a complex disease. They are certainly credible, with years of experience treating those with liver disease.
Features: The authors discuss hepatitis C in all of its aspects. They describe the virus, its effects on the body as a whole, and the liver in particular. Particularly clear are chapters describing the diagnosis of the disease as well as treatment options. The section on the side effects of treatment with interferon and ribavirin is especially good. The clinical vignettes are helpful.
Assessment: This is a useful book, written in plain language. This is no small feat when dealing with such a complex and often confusing disease. The authors describe the various aspects of hepatitis C infection with special emphasis on the emotional impact of this disease. They point out, and rightly so, that the individual with hepatitis C infection is best served by being well informed.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552977392
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Your Personal Health Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Jenny Heathcote is a gastroenterologist specializing in liver disease at Toronto Western Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Colina Yim and Quynh Thai are registered nurses working with Dr. Heathcote.

Dr. Averell Sherker is a staff hepatologist at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital.

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Introduction

If you have just discovered that you have hepatitis C, take a deep breath and relax for a moment. You are not alone -- nearly 1 in every 100 people in North America has been infected with hepatitis C. You are one of the few (30 percent) who have been identified. In fact, most people who are infected with hepatitis C don't even know that they are. You may have been diagnosed because you have symptoms, or perhaps you feel quite well and your infection was identified during a routine checkup. However you found out, it is always a shock to know that you have an infection that may cause you to have liver disease that can be severe enough eventually to require a liver transplant. Fortunately, liver replacement is only necessary in a minority of cases. The number seems large because the total number of persons with chronic infection is so large: approximately 250,000 to 300,000 in Canada, close to 3 million in the U.S.A. and many millions worldwide.

One of the helpful ways to come to terms with your infection is to understand more about hepatitis C. There are many ways to gain information in these high-tech times, but it is important to ensure that the information is reliable, not just a personal opinion or observation. This book has been written by a team of physicians and nurses who have spent several years working with people infected with hepatitis C. Collectively we have listened to thousands of infected individuals from all walks of life. We have all actively participated in clinical research studies where new therapies are evaluated. We all have an ongoing interest in understanding why and how hepatitis C does what it does.

We hope that this book will help you understand the current state of knowledge regarding hepatitis C: how it can affect your body, how you can prevent spreading the infection, and what treatments you may want to consider.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. The Liver and Hepatitis
  3. What Does the Liver Do?
  4. What Is Hepatitis?
  5. What Is a Virus?
  6. What Are the Viruses That Cause Hepatitis?
  7. Identifying the Hepatitis C Virus
  8. What Does Hepatitis C Virus Do to the Liver?
  9. Other Organs of the Body
  10. Hepatitis C Virus and Other Viruses
  11. Diagnosis and Staging
  12. Liver Enzymes
  13. True Liver Function Tests
  14. Diagnostic Tests Specific to Hepatitis C Virus
  15. What Is a Liver Biopsy?
  16. What's Next?
  17. Handling the Diagnosis
  18. How is Hepatitis C Spread?
  19. Preventing the Spread
  20. Seeking Support
  21. Symptoms
  22. Once the Hepatitis C Is Chronic
  23. Some Commonly Reported Symptoms
  24. Less Common Symptoms
  25. What is Going to Happen to Me?
  26. What Happens in Cirrhosis?
  27. Liver Cancer
  28. Complications of Cryoglobulinemia
  29. Treatment and Side Effects
  30. Who Should Consider Antiviral Treatment?
  31. The Chances of a Cure
  32. When is Antiviral Treatment Considered Unsafe?
  33. When is Antiviral Treatment Considered Unwise?
  34. How to Decide
  35. What Happens If I Opt for Treatment?
  36. Treatment of Hepatitis C in Children
  37. Co-infection with Another Virus
  38. Side Effects
  39. What If I Don't Respond to Antiviral Therapy?
  40. Will All the Symptoms Go Away?
  41. Long-term Effects of Antiviral Therapy
  42. Liver Transplantation
  43. Will I Need a Liver Transplant?
  44. What Is a Liver Transplant
  45. Does Hepatitis C Return in the Newly Transplanted Liver?
  46. What Can I Do to Help Myself?
  47. Healthy Eating
  48. Abstinence from Alcohol
  49. Regular Exercise
  50. Not Smoking
  51. Positive Mental Outlook
  52. Your Work
  53. Networking
  54. Caution in Taking Prescribed and Over-the-Counter Medications
  55. Protection against Hepatitis A and B
  56. Seeing a Liver Specialist
  57. Complementary Therapies
  58. Dietary Supplements
  59. Herbs That Can Help
  60. Herbal Remedies to Avoid
  61. Homeopathy
  62. Non-Drug Therapies
  63. The Future of Antiviral Therapy
  64. Other Interferons
  65. Pegylated Interferons
  66. Combining Alpha Interferons with Other Agents
  67. Future Treatments for Hepatitis C
  68. A Vaccine for Hepatitis C?
  69. How Can Others Help?
  70. Dealing with Shock and Denial
  71. Understanding the Disease
  72. Attempting to Deal with the Disease
  73. Final Resolution

    Drugs and the Treatment of Hepatitis C
    Glossary
    Further Resources
    Index


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Preface

Introduction

If you have just discovered that you have hepatitis C, take a deep breath and relax for a moment. You are not alone — early 1 in every 100 people in North America has been infected with hepatitis C. You are one of those who have been identified; many people who are infected with hepatitis C don't even know that they are. You may have been diagnosed because you have symptoms, or perhaps you feel quite well and your infection was identified during a routine checkup. However you found out, it is always a shock to know that you have an infection that may cause you to have liver disease that can be severe enough eventually to require a liver transplant. Fortunately, liver replacement is only necessary in a minority of cases. The number seems large because the total number of persons with chronic infection is so large: approximately 250,000 to 300,000 in Canada, close to 3 million in the U.S.A. and many millions worldwide.

One of the helpful ways to come to terms with your infection is to understand more about hepatitis C. There are many ways to gain information in these high-tech times, but it is important to ensure that the information is reliable, not just a personal opinion or observation. This book has been written by a team of physicians and nurses who have spent several years working with people infected with hepatitis C. Collectively we have listened to thousands of infected individuals from all walks of life. We have all actively participated in clinical research studies where new therapies are evaluated. We all have an ongoing interest in understanding why and how hepatitis C does what it does.

We hope that this book will help you understand the current state of knowledge regarding hepatitis C: how it can affect your body, how you can prevent spreading the infection, and what treatments you may want to consider.

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Introduction

Introduction

If you have just discovered that you have hepatitis C, take a deep breath and relax for a moment. You are not alone -- early 1 in every 100 people in North America has been infected with hepatitis C. You are one of those who have been identified; many people who are infected with hepatitis C don't even know that they are. You may have been diagnosed because you have symptoms, or perhaps you feel quite well and your infection was identified during a routine checkup. However you found out, it is always a shock to know that you have an infection that may cause you to have liver disease that can be severe enough eventually to require a liver transplant. Fortunately, liver replacement is only necessary in a minority of cases. The number seems large because the total number of persons with chronic infection is so large: approximately 250,000 to 300,000 in Canada, close to 3 million in the U.S.A. and many millions worldwide.

One of the helpful ways to come to terms with your infection is to understand more about hepatitis C. There are many ways to gain information in these high-tech times, but it is important to ensure that the information is reliable, not just a personal opinion or observation. This book has been written by a team of physicians and nurses who have spent several years working with people infected with hepatitis C. Collectively we have listened to thousands of infected individuals from all walks of life. We have all actively participated in clinical research studies where new therapies are evaluated. We all have an ongoing interest in understanding why and how hepatitis C does what it does.

We hope that this book will help you understand thecurrent state of knowledge regarding hepatitis C: how it can affect your body, how you can prevent spreading the infection, and what treatments you may want to consider.

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