Treatment for hepatitis C used to involve painful drug injections that often caused flu-like side effects, however, a new treatment for hepatitis C provides many benefits:
- Eliminates the need for painful injections
- Shortens treatment time (typically three to six months instead of a full year with previous treatments)
- Minimal side effects
- Can prevent life-threatening liver damage caused by cirrhosis or liver cancer
- A high cure rate - 95 percent of patients are cured
The doctors of The Center for Liver and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Mercy were among the medical professionals whose research led to the development of this new treatment for hepatitis C. Our doctors strongly encourage all adults born between 1945 and 1965 to ask their primary doctor to perform the blood test to determine whether or not they may be infected with hepatitis C.