Brenda’s Story

MY JOURNEY – 2015, by Brenda Thorne Dedicated To: My grandchildren, whose mere presence on this earth gave me the courage to work hard to regain my strength and health. If I hadn’t wanted to watch them grow up, I might have given up. I wanted so badly to see each and every one of them. With 3 of them living in Texas, our Kitchener grandchild became the one who had all the responsibility of keeping Nana working hard. Her visits were so very importan

DAAs Promising for HCV Patients With Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and hepatitis C virus, about 75% can achieve virologic cure with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs. In addition, more than 90% of HCC patients who have had a liver transplant can be cured of their HCV infection, according to a new study. Treatment of HCV in patients with HCC was uncommon before the advent of DAA medications. Moreover, the real-world effectiveness of DAA use in this population has remaine...

Antiviral Drug Prevents Recurrence of Hepatitis C in Liver Transplant Patients

Patients with hepatitis C virus infection who received an antiviral drug around the time they underwent liver transplantation saw a high rate of sustained virologic response, according to a Northwestern Medicine phase II clinical trial. The finding suggests that the therapy might be an effective approach to preventing reinfection in such patients. Josh Levitsky, MD, MS, professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was the co...