This is by NO means a death sentence. Start supplements, diet & exercise program on him right away. This are several supplements he should start taking, if you search "cirrhosis & supplements" within this site you will get an idea of the supplements. I also have included a list below. Eat a low fat & sugar diet. And moderate exercise.
Good luck to your dad
I have added links if additional info wanted.
a multi vitamin/no iron
1000 mg of Salmon Oil (epa=160 mg / dha=240 mg / omega 3 = 400 mg) x1
1000 mg of Flaxseed Oil (ALA/omega 3 450 mg / omega 9 110 mg) x1
Raw flaxseed/ 1 teaspoon daily
Hepatapro PPC (900 mg) x 2
Resveratrol (500 mg) x1 and x2 (alternate every other day)
NAC--(n-acetyl-l-cysteine) A sulfur compound that is a precursor of glutathione and protected sulfur-containing amino acid (600 mg) x2 with Vit C (500 mg) x2
TMG (750 mg) x 2
Taurine (500 mg) x 2
Life Extension Super Curcumin W/Bioperine 800Mg 60 Caps (800 mg) x 2 / Powerful Antioxidant Properties to scavenge free radicals
Enhances important detoxification enzymes Curcumin increases the secretion of bile by stimulating the bile duct. It also protects the liver by detoxification, stimulating the gall bladder and scavenging free radicals. With the help of the adrenal glands, it inhibits both platelet aggregation and the enzymes which induce inflammatory prostaglandins. Curcumin may also help break down fats and reduce cholesterol. Large doses not recommended in cases of acute bilious colic, obstructive jaundice, painful gallstones, and extremely toxic liver disorders
Sylmarin (425 mg) x 2 / Milk thistle provides hepatocellular protection by stabilizing hepatic cell membranes.
Green Tea Extract (300 mg) x 2 /
Coq10 (200 mg) x 1 / http://tinyurl.com/29em8c
Colon complete complex contains:
Fiber complex (2000 mg) x2
Lactobacillus F19 probiotic (14 mg) x 2
Lactospore prebiotic (20 mg) x2
I use Smartbomb.com as a source except for the Resveratrol.
I will go with Lactulose amd Lactobacillus GG when I use up what I have.
What to take while on tx per HR
The supplements while on tx question is difficult, because the ones having antifibrotic promise are almost all antiinflammatory, somewhat reducing the initiating events at the dendritic cell/lymphocyte interface.I know this sounds technical. Most of them also have, paradoxically an improving effect on some aspects of lymphocyte function, as the spectracell test clearly shows.
Bottom line, NO CLEAR ANSWER possible regarding use during tx.
But a moderate use of NAC/VitC, TMG, ALA ( those are quite cheap and possibly PPC (since it was actually shown to help the SVR rate) is probably a good idea even during tx. Vit D3 is good, but it would be best to know ones serum level.
Also some Inulin is inexpensive (trader joes) and a very good well researched prebiotic. To get any lactulose here in the US is not trivial.