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04/29/2012 10:44 AM

QUESTIONS for your Hep C Doctor

ylangbrz
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Everyone comes back from visits to doctors saying 'I wish I had remembered to ask about...' so here are a few prompts. Don't expect all the answers at once as many depend on test results.

What is my virus load and my genotype and subtype?

Do I need a liver biopsy or can you do the fibrosure blood test?

Do you advise treatment or long-term monitoring?

Do I have any other conditions that will complicate therapy?

Do I have sufficient liver scarring to be at risk for liver cancer?

What type of treatment will you prescribe for me?

Which type of Interferon do you prescribe for my treatment and how much Ribavirin?

How long will my treatment last?

How often do I need to be seen?

What tests do I need to take? Will these tests be repeated? Can I have the tests done at my doctor's office?

Do you automatically tell me all the test results, or will I have to ask each time?

Will you give me a copy of my lab results for each new blood

test or will I have to beg? Laughing

What side effects can I expect?

What approach do you take if I become anemic?

Whom do I contact about any side effects I am having?

Should I contact you directly?

What changes should I make in my everyday life?

What other medications can I take, and which should I avoid?

How long will I take these treatment medications(days, weeks, months)?

What should I avoid while taking it (certain foods, activities, other medicines)?

What do I do if I miss a dose?

Do you offer rescue drugs for low bloods?

Will I be offered a 4 week PCR?

How will I know the treatment is helping?

What is the next step if this treatment doesn't work?

Are there any new trials of new treatments which I could be eligible for?

Post edited by: ylangbrz, at: 04/29/2012 10:46 AM

Post edited by: ylangbrz, at: 04/29/2012 11:05 AM

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04/29/2012 02:33 PM
here4awhile
 
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Cool Thank U for posting. I wish I would have had a list when I started out. I had no clue really what to ask.

Post edited by: here4awhile, at: 04/29/2012 02:33 PM


05/06/2012 01:53 PM
WaterRabbit
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That's a GREAT list! TY!Tongue
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