Living With Hepatitis C: Everything You Need to Know

Living With Hepatitis C: Everything You Need to Know

by Jenny Heathcote, Colina Yim, Averell Sherker
     
 

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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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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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3 Stars from Doody
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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.
E-Streams - K.T. Vaughan
One of the clear strengths of Living with Hepatitis C is its simple language and low-key approach to some very technical and scientific aspects of the disease... Another strength is the focus on therapies and treatments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552977392
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Your Personal Health Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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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.

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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