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Hepatitis C Treatment Information
Our active involvement in researching new therapies for diagnosing and treating hepatitis C means more positive outcomes for our patients. We use less invasive procedures and medicines that can cure the disease and preserve your liver function, such as:
- Screening tests. If you are a Baby Boomer, and/or received a blood transfusion or blood products prior to 1992, you may be at risk for hepatitis C. Your physician may recommend blood tests to detect hepatitis C antibodies and check your liver function.
- Medicines. New medicines with cure rates of 95 percent are available to treat hepatitis C and other liver conditions. These new therapies work within two to three months. Many of them went through clinical trials at IU Health. These prescription medicines are expensive, but we apply for foundation grants and access specialty pharmacies to keep your costs between $50 and $70 a month. Several additional hepatitis C agents will be available soon. They deliver cure rates between 99 and 100 percent after 12 weeks of treatment. Some offer a single daily pill with cure rates of 95 percent after two months.
- FibroScan. This new technology lets your doctor scan your liver for stiffness, scarring and fatty deposits without the need for a biopsy. The scan provides information your physician can use to create a treatment plan to reduce and stop your body’s reaction to the hepatitis C virus.
- Liver biopsy. In some cases, your physician may need a closer look at your liver cells to determine the extent of the damage. A biopsy or tissue sample allows for a more intense study of your liver cells.
- Liver scan. A radiologic image of your liver can offer your physician more details about liver function, damage to the organ or how it is responding to treatments.
- Transplant. Hepatitis C is a common cause of liver transplant. We provide liver transplants for chronic liver disease. We are one of the busiest transplant centers in the U.S. and our wait times are among the shortest.
- Clinical trials. A multitude of tests for new or alternative therapies and medicines to treat hepatitis C and related liver diseases are in progress at IU Health. They include studies of two anti-fibrotic agents that may reverse cirrhosis. Also under study are various uses for FibroScan technology to diagnose and monitor hepatitis C treatments.
- Research. We are conducting ongoing genetic and environmental research into autoimmune liver disease through our affiliation with the Autoimmune Hepatitis Research Network.
Hepatitis C Locations & Physicians
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Hepatitis C Support Services
Learn more about hepatitis C treatments at these websites:
A Sampling of Hepatitis C Support Services
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
This division of the National Institutes of Health provides symptom, diagnosis, treatment and clinical trial information for hepatitis C and other liver diseases.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This government agency offers extensive information about all forms of hepatitis.
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
This nonprofit organization of scientists and healthcare professionals is committed to preventing and curing liver disease. The patient section of its website includes information and resources, especially about hepatitis C and transplants.
American Liver Foundation
This group is focused on education, support and research for the prevention and treatment of liver diseases including hepatitis C.
Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection
This Strength in Knowledge article discusses the latest medical information on hepatitis C virus infection.
Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
This institute lets you search for Indiana clinical research studies in which you might be able to participate.