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guestions for doctor for newbies to tx

May 05, 2012 - 5 comments

It is always preferable to have a hepatologist, a liver specialist and not simply a GI to help you with treatment. A GP is not trained in liver issues and should be the one to refer you to the specialist.

Questions for the doctor:

How experienced are you in dealing with Hep C ?
Do I need a biopsy before treatment?
How often will I be doing labs during treatment?
What is your protocol for dealing with low wbc or rbc?
What about other side effects?
How often will I be seeing you during treatment?
Who do I contact in an emergency ?

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Hepatitis-C/Going-back-in/show/1785793#post_8220897
Will I be able to have copies of all my labs and tests ?
Will you be available via phone or email to answer my questions ?

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by Nighthawk61, Jun 29, 2012
Just what I needed today, thanks.

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by flcyclist, Jun 29, 2012
Good questions OH.  A few to add to this list:

How many Hep C patients are you currently treating or treated during the last 5 years?
If I am Genotype 1, which would you recommend - either Incivek or Victrelis and why?
If the delivery of meds is delayed, do you have any reserves available to avoid missing a dose?
How often do you recommend having the Vitamin D and TSH (and other) levels checked during tx?

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by mik61e, Nov 18, 2012
Thanks for the good info. seems you know the right questions and alot of answers to some of mine.

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by dooklebug, Dec 12, 2012
Good info.  Thanks.

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by Dee1956, Oct 05, 2014
Thank you for this and the list of good doctor, very helpful :)

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