Mark that's wonderful news, and imagine you are so relieved. I'm kinda in the same boat with Riba/Sovaldi. Was also UND at EOT12, but honestly not jumping up and down for joy just yet as these new meds are in my opinion to new to say for sure. Please keep us posted as your status hopefully remains unchanged. Again, congratulations to you and to all whom treated with or without reaching SVR. The future is bright, and will give a toast (sparkling juice) when everyone around our world, will no longer fall victim to this horrible disease.
I am not saying this about only your treatment but their have been countless posts about people being undetectable at one point or another during treatment and themselves and others encouraging the mistaken notion that being undetectable has some meaning as far as treatment outcome (SVR)....
While it is great to be undetectable and have not viral load for maybe the first time in 40 years (YES!)
Being undetectable unfortunately has NO correlation to outcome (SRV) with current Sovaldi based treatments and the mentions of it as though it indicated successful treatment gives people a false impression that being undetectable is an achievement relating to treatment success (SVR) as it did with old peg-interferon based treatments.
Sadly, now we are starting to see folks who felt encourage by being undetectable throughout their treatment and who have now ended their treatment and are experiencing relapse after stopping treatment. Usually within a month after stopping the treatment. Many of them seem devastated after believing that their being undetectable meant they had a very high likelihood of success. Which is not the cause.
Failing treatment is and has always been difficult no matter if we treated for 12, 24, 48 or longer. We invested a lot of time, hope and energy into our treatments. Many times having to deal with side effect during our treatments which we endured as part of the price we paid for being cured.
We rightly are optimistic during treatment and hope that this time we will finally be cured of this virus after many decades of infection and sometimes many failed treatments.
We all know logically that these treatments are not 100% and depending on different factors such as cirrhosis that at least 1 or 2 out of 10 are going to fail current treatments. Yet it is so sad for those who are now starting to fail these treatments. We are starting to see people truly devastated by the virus returning. I feel sad for those who now may feel so alone being the minority of those who treated and unfortunately weren't successful.
It seems the big picture is getting lost.
Treatment is more effective than it ever has been and will continue to improve in the near future with more options for all patients.The vast majority of folks (those without cirrhosis) fortunately can wait for more effective treatments that will be available at the end of this year or soon there after.
Treatment failure is not a personal failure and absolutely NOT the end of the story by any means. As in the past, if we fail a treatment then we mourn the lost and disappointment and then in our own time... move on to renewed hope that a newer/better treatment option will cure us once and for all time of this virus.
So to repeat the basic facts as published in all of the clinical studies about these current, 1st generation of Sovaldi treatments...
Please understand that once a person becomes undetectable on Sovaldi based treatment they ALWAYS stay undetectable as long as they continue the treatment and will be undetectable when they stop treatment. Whether it is week 12 or 24 or any other time. This is what happens to ALL people and is how these treatments work. These new treatments are different than peg-interferon based treatments in how they work and how people respond. As different as we normally only treat now for 12 weeks instead of 24 or 48 weeks and ""EVR", null-responders, partial responders, breakthrough meant something. They are as obsolete as the weekly injections are for those treating with all oral meds.
All people that fail Sovaldi based treatments only fail treatment by "relapsing" AFTER the stop the treatment. Most people relapse within 4 weeks after stopping treatment. Others between 4-8 weeks after treatment and a very few relapse between weeks 8-12. The is why we use SVR12 and the point of cure. Make it past week 12 after stopping treatment and you are cured.
Understanding these basic facts will prevent folks from having false assumptions about the ability to achieve SVR which with current treatment not based on response to treatment (undetectable), as all people become undetectable during treatment but upon a person's host factors (F0-F2 vs F3 or F4, genotype, etc.). We are starting to see folks unfortunately failing treatment (relapse) and seemed to have been under the impression that being undetectable during treatment, whether by week 4 or at some other time assured treatment success, which sadly they falsely believed to be the case.
We know the following about the new Sovaldi based treatments:
* All people that treat become undetectable and stay undetectable as long as they are treating.
* I.E. There is no viral "breakthrough" during treatment as could happen with peg- interferon + ribavirin treatment.
* When taking Sovaldi + Olysio particularly, when a person becomes undetectable makes NO DIFFERENCE as far as the chances of SVR. In fact those that are not undetectable by week 4 (most of the people in the COSMOS trials were NOT undetectable by week 4) have a greater chance of SVR than those who do become undetectable by week 4.
Best of luck with your treatment!
I don't know if I'm misunderstanding something, or am I incorrect in the data that I've read. Mark and I have both completed treatment and have had our EOT12 results which were UND. Isn't that considered cured?
Thanks in advance for your reply.
Not Hector but to clear up any confusion which there seems to be. If one is UND after doing 12 weeks of treatment and THAT PCR says your UND at the EOT then yes it is possible you might relapse. Now if one is post 12 weeks EOT and their PCR shows they are still UND 12 weeks after ending treatment then yes they are considered cured with these new meds.
Hope this helps
Just want to add it would make it clear if the title of the thread read.
Undetected at 12 wk post EOT!
Can-do-man, you are correct. My post was meant to reflect the fact that now, 12 weeks AFTER the completion of treatment (EOT, completion of therapy), my HCV RNA remains "not detected". This follows being <15 at two weeks during treatment, and not detected at 4 weeks and 12 weeks during treatment. My 4 weeks post EOT was not detected, and now the 12 weeks post EOT is the same. Looking good, but I will believe I am "cured" when I do the 24 week post EOT HCV DNA quantitative test. After all, I remember relapsing at some point weeks or months after completing my multiple various older treatment attempts in past years. So thanks again Livelife777 and can-do-man: Undetected at 12 wks post EOT! Will post again at 24. Hoping that all those who finished more or less at the same I did will also be undetected on THEIR 12-week post EOT.
Gotcha ....Thanks guys for clearing that up!
Awesome news. Congratulations! Jo
Wonderful news! Congratulations!
FANTASTIC news Mark!!! Yeah! Congratulations to a life Hep C free.
How did you find out the results so quickly? I thought it takes a week for results to come back for viral load.
It came back the next day. I was very surprised (although usually it comes back within two days: this is a major medical center in NYC, and they do their own testing). Not complaining!
One the the reasons I brought up the issue of being "undetectable" is that here in San Francisco at the UCSF hepatitis clinic which is treating scores of people with the new oral treatment we have seen some lab results showing "detectable but unquantifiable" with patients during treatment. Since it is known from trial data that once a patient becomes undetectable they stay undetectable as long as they are treating (this is assuming the patient is taking their meds properly) these labs result are an error of the test. In fact we has seen one lab the result as "undetectable" while at another lab the result can be "detectable but unquantifiable" (<15 IU/ml) HCV. Note we haven't seen actual viral load numbers only results that are below the level of quantification.
By understanding how these new treatments work, which is very different than past peg-interferon treatments we realize there is little purpose in performing viral load testing during treatment once a patient is undetectable and I would imagine soon many of these test will be eliminated as part of treatment protocol because they serve no useful purpose related to the treatment. But for now we can be sure that any lab test indicating a detectable viral load during treatment (after becoming undetectable) is only a lab error and that a repeat of the viral load test perhaps at another lab would indicate the proper "undetectable" result. One less thing to have to worry about during treatment.
My main point was the outcome of treatment is dependent not on what happens during treatment but what host factors (genotype, subtype, cirrhosis,etc.) exist prior to treatment and what treatment best addresses these factors which will result in the best outcome. This is why in the future we will see treatments the are for special populations of those infected with HCV. The treatments will be based on these host factors. We are already starting to see some of these early approaches. In the genotype 1, treatment naive people who have a 93% SVR rate with only need 8 weeks of Sovaldi/Ledipasvir. In the simple case of cirrhotics we know that interferon based treatments can be detrimental to the person's liver disease and can cause decompensation or liver failure in some patients. In post transplant patients there are the drug-to-drug issues of the past which are not an issue with the new Sovaldi based treatments. We now are beginning to see which treatments in trials are most effective in co-infected people, in people with genotype 3 and genotype 1b vs 1a.