Newleaf I am jumping for joy! Thank you so much for sharing the great news. Now you can move on to truly enjoying your life with this all behind you.
Please don't stay away though. There are plenty of us in the throws of treatment who can use your advice and experiences to get us through. Perhaps a vacation is in order to celebrate your fabulous news!
good to hear....congrats to you. burn that sucker.
I would not burn the file. It's always good to have a record. We never know when it might come in handy.
Congratulations on your biopsy results. I agree that your liver histology could very well improve.
Incredible news. It gives us all some hard evidence that it is possible. Congratulations!
It's awesome to hear such good news. I just did a 10-month post treatment blood draw and am still negative after the Telapravir trial. My doc sugested I wait until mid 2011 and get another biopsy then to check the degree of regenerated tissue and grade of damage. I'm looking forward to good things. As far as burning the file...not me...I've invested several years of misery into the process of killing this thing. If for no other reason, I'm keeping my stuff as a monument to perseverance and having won the battle!
That is SSSSOOOOO Great!!! I'm really happy for you!
I don't know if I'd burn that file or not. I'd be tempted to.
Thanks for sharing that with us... it is good to know that there is a chance of our liver being better than it was when we started tx. I know it isn't guaranteed... but then we don't have a guarantee that we'll wake up in the morning either.
I hate for you to leave us too. I've always enjoyed reading your posts. It is understandable that you'd want to put the past couple of years behind you and move forward though.
Whatever you do, I wish you the best.
What we all hope for.
P.S. I planted a magnolia tree this year and it's doing great. What a beauty.
Wow, that is awesome news!!! Congratulations - I am so happy for you!
Best wishes for getting on with your life my fellow Saints fan, and thank you very much for all of your help with my tx :)
Great News!!! Thanks for sharing it. This is one crazy disease that we (some of us) have! The best to you in the future!
That is absolutely fantastic news newleaf I am very happy for you - stage 2/3 means you did great.
I wish you the best of luck in where ever you and go and whatever you do. You've been a tremendous asset on the forum and I am sure everyone wishes you well in life.
Hi there. Congrats on the great news. I had a talk with Dr Shiffman about improvement in histology scores when he biopsied my friend who was in the HALT C trials. She was Stage 4, cleared, and had her biopsy 7 years post treatment. She went from a Stage 4 to a Stage 0-1. He told us that the liver continues to improve for quite a number of years. I am very happy for you.
Thanks to all for well wishes. I really posted to let others know that the information floating around about regression of fibrosis is true & I, for one, can verify it. I'll be carrying the re-biopsy report to all my non-GI doctors who still believe that cirrhosis is irreversible and a death sentence. I took a lot of encouragement from Dr. Shiffman's HALT-C presentation this year, which said that 10% of cirrhotics can go all the way back to zero damage in 4-5 years after SVR. Hope I make it. It's quite an emotional recharge to go from fearing doom to knowing that an essential internal organ is remaking itself all shiney new. I'm liking it.
very, very, good news - being able to put all this into past tense really is the goal here isn't it? Thanks for posting the bx update , a rare data point as you point out, and for everything you've contributed here. You'll be missed!.
There's something to be said for the health benefits of a worry-free life, but I'd recommend continuing the occasional US scans. Occurrence of hcc, with hcv as the primary risk factor but without cirrhosis, is rarer but not nonexistent:
"The average annual risk of HCC in patients with cirrhosis from HCV is 3.2% (13). The annual risk in Japan is approximately 6% to 7% (14). Among patients without cirrhosis, the annual risk increases as the stage of fibrosis increases (F0 or F1 [none or minimal portal fibrosis] = 0; F2 [periportal fibrosis] = 1.5%; F3 [bridging fibrosis] = 5.1%) (15)"
from (free access)
"Hepatocellular carcinoma: management of an increasingly common problem."
Great news!! I'm so happy for you!!!
I say copy the file and then burn =)
All the best,
I am sooo glad to hear this! Best to you in whatever you do.
Stunning news. I am so glad you posted it. It furthers all the reports that when you achieve SVR, you can improve your liver. This is encouragement for all. So, happy new life.
I had a post treatment (relapse) biopsy and saw no improvement. Stage 1, Grade 1-2 pre treatment and the same after. I believe it is only if you are able to stop the inflamation caused by the virus that your liver can improve.
Good luck in your future
In answer to your question, Royal Star!
P.S. Your note and PM functions are disabled.
nygirl - new biopsy was not 2/3, it's 1/2 with a few features of stage 3. You've been off TX for years and your liver may be that good or better after more time to heal than me.
frijole - my doctor made a big fuss about low enzymes at end of TX. When he explained the biopsy he noted that it's all about inflammation. Inflammation causes the scarring in the first place. Reduce inflammation (by stopping the assault) and no new scarring will occur; just a matter of breaking down the old collagen scarring after that.
Portann, I'll fix that. Royal Star is a good magnolia!
Really cool stuff, Newleaf. I agree with Willing; keep up the watch for any development of HCC. I’m a couple of years out now, and continue to go in for U/S scans and AFP every six months; in fact, I have a follow up mid-week with my hepatologist. I don’t see them backing away from this either; they feel strongly it’s so much better in terms of care and management to spot it early were it to develop.
Other than that, who-effin-ray!
Can you burn those labs in effigy? Maybe touch off some IRS bullsh!t in it’s honor :o)?
Oh, and I'm glad to hear your doctor values low enzymes. I just had labs done, and my ALT/AST were 18/22 respectfully. Good news, indeed :)
All the best, and thanks for sharing the news,
Great news! I am happy for you. Best wishes your way always!
new leaf (and bill)
My liver enzymes have always been low -- in the 20s. It was only after treatment and relapse that they spiked - in the 50s and then as high as the 80s. That is how I knew that I had relapsed before I had the VL test. Now they are back in the 20s. haven't had a viral load test done in a couple of years but I imagine it is about where I was before treating. I too believe that we can use the liver enzymes as indicators.In me they indicate a low inflammation level.
That didn't apply to me... the liver enzymes indicating inflammation that is. Because of another liver issue, I had to have regular liver panels done since 2002 and they have always been normal until this past January and then they were just a little above normal. Just enough to cause my doctor to have me checked for hepatitis. Two months later the biopsy showed stage 2 grade 2 so unless it could progress that much in 2 months, the inflammation had to be going on while my enzymes were normal.
This is probably why so many people go undiagnosed. Just like in sx, everybody is so different, they can't say any one certain thing points to inflammation or infection for that matter.
Alright already. I had an ultrasound of abdomen on Friday, including liver. Will include AFP in with some other bloodwork this fall. Was only up to 17.5 at highest pre-TX level but it will not kill me to look at it a few more times.
I AM going to burn all of the lab reports, though. File's an inch thick and weighs a few pounds. I cannot imagine why I would ever want to look back at it and see how desperately ill I was on chemo. I did graph it all on a single sheet and probably won't delete the graph for a while, but looking at the file can only make me feel bad. I don't want any of that information. Maybe I'll keep the 2 biopsy reports.