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While significant progress is being made along these lines, unfortunately, I have to agree with your doctor....it is unlikely that these non-interferon therapies will be available anytime soon.
The research is still in the very early stages and when a proven treatment, such as triple therapy is already available, the FDA sets a very high bar for anything new.
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A few of the national support groups seem to have gotten some of their information wrong. First they told me I HAD to get a biopsy, and then that the new therapy should be on the market in 2 or 3 years. I don't remember which ones I called but somehow they should be better informed.
Triple therapy also scares me - I have had major depression in the past, but it was treatment resistant. I have ulcerative colitis (auto-immune), hypothyroid, migraines, fibromyalgia...As long as interferon and ribovarin are involved, I am afraid of it. At 59, I'd feel like I'm giving up a year of my life. I am not really sure if these things disqualify me from triple therapy, but I'm a big believer in getting what you expect, and what I expect is that triple therapy will be hell.
When you say "anytime soon" do you mean, maybe in 20 years? Or are you saying not in the next year or two? What do you think of participating in clinical trials? I understand that I may not be accepted because of my other issues. And I would certainly speak with my doctor first, but I would appreciate your input.
Do you know of someone in Southern California? Flying to Texas for an appointment isn't feasible at this time.
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