Hepatitis C Treatment One Step at a Time is a compassionate, well-researched, practical book that guides and supports readers through the rigors of HCV treatment. Unlike other books on the market because it coaches them and encourages them to go the distance, rather than just telling them what might happen. Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne virus in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 3.2 million Americans are chronically infected with the chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV). Treatment for HCV is long, sometimes lasting a year or more with success rate currently around 50 per cent. And the medications often cause incapacitating side effects. Two new medications introduced in 2011 are showing success rates of 75 to 80 per cent. However these new medications are taken with existing HCV drugs and include and intensify the side effects. Hepatitis C Treatment One Step at a Time is the first book that offers inspirational readings and tips to help patients have a successful HCV treatment. Writing from both a medical and personal viewpoint, Lucinda Porter uses her experience as a Stanford nurse in the HCV field, a patient who was treated twice for HCV, and long-time HCV writer to coach readers through the rigors of treatment - one step at a time. She brings together the essential ingredients for successful HCV treatment - support and education encouraging readers to stay on treatment. She provides practical tips, comfort, support, and strategies to ease the process. Hepatitis C Treatment One Step at a Time gives readers the information they need to persevere through a challenging process.
Introduction; 1. How to Use This Book; 2. Readings to Help You Prepare for Treatment; 3. Readings for the First Twelve Weeks; 4. Readings for Weeks Thirteen through Twenty-Four; 5. Readings for Weeks Twenty-Five through Thirty-Six; 6. Readings for the Final Twelve Weeks; 7. Readings for While You Wait for Results; Conclusion; Further Information.
Lucinda K. Porter is a registered nurse, national speaker, and author. She has written nearly 100 guides and facts sheets for HCV patients and professionals. Her articles have appeared in Liver Health Today, Hepatitis magazine, San Jose Mercury, the Union among others.