Not really a question I just wanted to let folks Know that I'm beginning the process of possibly getting into a study here in NM. I'm a tad bit scared but my last labs showed my ALT's moving upward,
2004 had a blood test for life insurance showing ALT's of 24
2/ 2008 needle stick, had blood test showed Hep C ALT's @ 45
2/2008 biopsy stage 1 / grade 1, genotype 1
7/2009 ALT's 56, all other blood show within normal to good parameters (by the way the hepatologist & PA say normal cut off for ALT's is 78
So I was informed of a study here and now I'm starting the process we are not even sure of the drugs being used, but they are for 1st timers and those who did not SVR.
I shall keep you posted if you want.
a little scared.
Find out more about that study. Some of the new drugs are very promising and if this study is for one of them, it might be a good thing for you to do. With your biopsy showing 1/1, you do have the choice to wait when the new drugs hit the market, probably 2011. Keep us posted.
Look up studies on www.clinicaltrials.gov. If you cross reference by using the "map" choice, you should be able to see all of the studies in your geographic area and likely pick out the one that's going to be offered. Studies are good, especially phase 3 studies (they know it works and is safe and they have the effective dosages figured, just need to finish proving that it works). All TX is free, you're more closely monitored than with a regular doctor's office TX, can usually maintain closer contact with a study staff than an office staff. The downside is that you may start out in the placebo arm of the study, which is just standard TX of Interferon & Ribavirin (called 'SOC' for Standard Of Care). It's not a downside if you respond to standard TX but if you don't respond to SOC it can be very disappointing not to get the study drug. Most of the current protease inhibitor studies allow for "cross-over", i.e. if you did not respond to the placebo arm's SOC after a certain time period, they will cross you over to TX with the experimental drug.
Several on this forum have cleared the virus in clinical trials, a small few didn't clear it on the trial drug. I was in the recent Boceprevir for naive (never treated before) study and had a good experience. Crossover was offered so I figured it was a win-win situation to attempt TX with the study, both financially and healthwise.
Please keep us updated on your trial information. I am finishing up a Vertex trial and have been very happy with my care-even though I had to tx for 48 weeks....everything was free and my nurse answers her phone on the second ring.
I can't wait to hear your details. My hepa is excited about the newer drugs coming out.
Thank you so much for responding. It helps. I'm pushing 60 yrs in this skin and this will be another milestone. My work situation is precarious, but one never knows whats around the corner anyway, so if the study is a good one, (the PA is a hcv pro, and proud of helping people clear) so I dont think she would encourage me to get into something that wasn't good for me. (nice to trust someone) Would be really nice to get that second chance + I want to be in good health to help out w/ my mom who is 86 now and in good health. We're both carrying a bit to much weight, I guess as you get older food becomes a major pleasure pass time, neurosis. Would be great to have this one nothing more than a memory/story.
I will let you know what happens.
Thx, again, I wish you all health and happiness.
I just spoke with one of the heads at the center. Anywho, this center has been doing research on HIV treatments for 12 years and just recently started conducting HCV studies, they are working in conjunction with the Gastro group here, who's head doc has released some of his own papers on the virus. Apparantly there are also referring allot of patients to the study center. So we will look at the drugs in trial and determine if it is a good fit for me. If not now I will be considered as more drugs are introduced. I have no clue what studies are going on now. But I will learn more answers when I meet with the research nurse on the 27th.
OOh Haa, No one gets out of here alive... make the most out of the time you have. Inhale, exhale, inhale, ahhhh
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