A comprehensive, empathetic guide for anyone suffering from this serious liver disease Approximately 4 million Americans and 170 million people worldwide suffer from hepatitis C, a viral liver disease that is treatable but not curable. It accounts for more than 40 percent of U.S. liver disease deaths-about 8,000 to 10,000 people annually-and is the most common reason for liver transplantation. This compassionate guide explains how hepatitis C affects the liver and the body and provides solid advice on today's treatment options-from drugs (and their side effects) to transplants and alternative therapies-as well as tips on dealing with the emotional and financial burdens the disease brings with it. Nina L Paul, PhD (New York, NY) earned her doctorate in infectious disease epidemiology and immunology from Yale University. She has researched viruses (human immunodeficiency virus and others) and the immune system.
About the Author
Nina L. Paul, PhD, earned a doctorate in infectious disease epidemiology and immunology from Yale and has done research on viruses and the immune system.
Table of Contents
Part I: Understanding and Exposing Hepatitis C.
Chapter 1: Conquering Hepatitis C.
Chapter 2: Talking about Transmission.
Chapter 3: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble: Hepatitis C versus Your Immune System.
Chapter 4: Infecting the Liver: Symptoms and Progression of the Disease.
Part II: Diagnosing and Treating the Disease.
Chapter 5: Building Your Medical Support Team.
Chapter 6: Testing for the Hepatitis C Virus.
Chapter 7: Testing the Liver.
Chapter 8: Prescribing Medical Treatment.
Chapter 9: Getting a New Liver.
Chapter 10: Looking at Types of Treatment: Western, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine.
Part III: Living a Good Life with Hep C.
Chapter 11: Eating and Drinking for Health.
Chapter 12: Avoiding Harmful Substances.
Chapter 13: Moving and Grooving to Reduce Stress and Feel Better.
Chapter 14: Surrounding Yourself with Support.
Chapter 15: Working through Relationships and Telling Others.
Chapter 16: Facing Financial and Workplace Challenges.
Part IV: Considering Different Groups with Hepatitis C.
Chapter 17: Helping Kids with Hepatitis C.
Chapter 18: Special Groups with Hepatitis C.
Chapter 19: For Family and Friends.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Vacationing with Hepatitis C.
Chapter 21: Ten Tips for Sleeping Well with Hepatitis C.
Chapter 22: Ten-Plus Web Sites and Resources for Hep C.