Just got the call- "undetectable". It was a 10 wk post treatment TMA test. My research indicated 12 wk TMA is exactly equivalent to the 24 and that even the 4 wk TMA is within 1% of the 24 (this TMA measured to 10 IU). Showed it to my doc and he concurred...then (considering only a 1% diff from 4) figured 10 weeks was more practical than 2 more full of anxiety...and am really not concerned about it now. I do have some lingering issues: minor mentation/derm problems and my platelets went from 140 to 100 and unlike my other labs, are not recovering. My doc says they should recover eventually but I doubt it as I understand that splenic enlargement typically doesn't (my spleen enlarged a bit after I needed nupogen). But typically, 100 is not problematic so I'm not concerned about it too much. Overall, very minor issues considering my pre-treatment status (chronic HCV geno 3 with bridging fibrosis). Thank you all who corresponded with me here over the last year, you are and will always be in my thoughts. Good luck.
Congrats! It looks like you're well on your way to SVR. The rest just appears to be a formality, but you should be able to breath a sigh of relief now. It does take some time for the skin issues to calm down as your body continues to adjust. I was on neupogen for about 40 of the 48 week tx, and I'm not aware of any spleen issues resulting from its use. If you haven't already, you may also want to check your TSH levels to see how your thyroid endured the tx. Best of luck as you continue to recover.
Great news! Looking forward to your SVR :). Spleen enlargement due to Nuep? I agree with Flcyclist Ihave never heard that before. No offense but I hope your Dr is wrong. I probably did 20 shots during tx. Lets us know how you are doing.
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Interesting....although I would have still taken it to stay on tx. I have never heard this nor did my Dr mention it.
Thanks for the reply. Thyroid was checked a few times during treatment and was mildly high once but resolved... but I suppose I should get it checked down the road if resolution of remaining symptoms stop improving.
As for SVR, all the testing numbers indicate 12 wks = 24 wks (used for drug trials and FDA approved) and in fact 4 wks is within 1% of 24 when using TMA = or < 10 IU. So considering (depending on which study you cite) there's a 1% to 3% chance of relapse over the following 2 years... even a 4 week TMA would place me at only a1 1/2 to 3 1/2 risk, and since I got a 10 week... I feel confident that there's no logical reason to delay planning my life for another 3 1/2 months. I plan just get the routine follow-ups annually over the next 2 years now. I had to print the studies and hand carry to my doc to get it done though... we are set in our ways....
Yes, docs tend to avoid straying from protocol, but good that you could convince yours to test early. I had a hard time convincing mine to test at 12 weeks - he wanted to wait until 6 months for the PCR. He saw the fire in my eyes and I was fully prepared to argue for the 12 week test and he gave in. From here, just do the normal labs until everything is back in range, then another PCR at one year is recommended. My TSH was also a bit high near the end of tx, then came back down into normal range after tx. Also, my Vit D3 levels were very low throughout tx.
@ Jules - hmm, never saw that on the Neupogen/spleen, but I also never had that issue. Got lucky I guess.
Don't recall the exact numbers but the TMA/PCR SVR timeline study began with over 500 and ended with > than 300 with SVR (triple therapy has greatly increased the favorable odds it seems) of genos 1,2 and 3. Three graphs were included (one patient each of each genotype) of relapse with horizontal lines showing TMA at 10 IU and PCR at 50 IU and all three showed the same rare of viral load increase. Now this was only 3 of just under 200 but they all were detectible by TMA at week 2 and by PCR by week 5. Further, all three maxed at or near 12 weeks then either came dawn a bit or flat lined to week 24. The only problem mentioned with TMA is it does on occasion give false positives. Having said that, I saw another study where one 12 week SVR patient tested positive at 24 wks, this being a PCR and again the beginning study population was over 500. The conclusion they made was that 12 week PCR is 99.7% = to 24 week PCR. The FDA has approved it, the drug companies use it, I don't know why our doc's are so damn stubborn about it. I'll bet they wouldn't wait 24 weeks if it was a family member.
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