Re: Brand New Liver Transplant- RFA Treatment
Sorry to hear you'r Hep C. Hope it is a mild one and not the butt kicker that I had (have?). I went through 5 rounds of Interferon (standard and Peg, Riviviran) without success. I'm kinda hard headed and shouldv'e stopped earlier but I was grabbing any lifeboat that came by.
After 17 years of Hep C, 2 maligiante Tumors grew on my liver and I was refferd to UCLA - Plegre Liver Institute for treatment. I was really luckey cuz
UCLA has the best liver program in the USA.
With Hep C. resectioning (surgical removal of tumors) can not be done. Only alternative is complete liver transplant.
Since I wasn't too liver sick, it took about 8 months to get on the waiting list
and 1 1/2 years to get my transplant. So here we are and I'll try to briefly ansawer your questions.
Qualifing for the list is fairly straightforward. Your Hep C has to damage the liver enough to cause cirrosis, cancer or (as in my case) both. Your liver has to be SICK. I wasn't that sick so the long wait.
What area do you live in ?, There are liver transplant centers all over the US.
Let me know and I'll see what is close to you. Even if you don't qualify now
you can get your foot in the door to save time when and IF you need one.
About your Doc. not mentioning transplant please realize that a very small percentage of doc's know anything about transplant. I have been amazed at all the great doc'. I've seen that don't know anything but the bare basics of organ transplant. Ask your GI doc about it.
The whole process is confusing and frustrating but very doable
I hope this helps. I think that all us Hep Cr's should try to get in the door. JUST IN CASE a transplant is needed. There is no worry about getting transplanted when you don't need it because livers are scarce and worth more than gold.
Write at you later, Larry