DescriptionA comprehensive, empathetic guide for anyone suffering from this serious liver disease
Approximately 4 million Americans and 170 million people worldwide suffer from hepatitis C, a viral liver disease that is treatable but not curable. It accounts for more than 40 percent of U.S. liver disease deaths-about 8,000 to 10,000 people annually-and is the most common reason for liver transplantation. This compassionate guide explains how hepatitis C affects the liver and the body and provides solid advice on today's treatment options-from drugs (and their side effects) to transplants and alternative therapies-as well as tips on dealing with the emotional and financial burdens the disease brings with it.
Nina L Paul, PhD (New York, NY) earned her doctorate in infectious disease epidemiology and immunology from Yale University. She has researched viruses (human immunodeficiency virus and others) and the immune system.
Part I: Understanding and Exposing Hepatitis C.
Chapter 1: Conquering Hepatitis C.
Chapter 2: Talking about Transmission.
Chapter 3: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble: Hepatitis C versus Your Immune System.
Chapter 4: Infecting the Liver: Symptoms and Progression of the Disease.
Part II: Diagnosing and Treating the Disease.
Chapter 5: Building Your Medical Support Team.
Chapter 6: Testing for the Hepatitis C Virus.
Chapter 7: Testing the Liver.
Chapter 8: Prescribing Medical Treatment.
Chapter 9: Getting a New Liver.
Chapter 10: Looking at Types of Treatment: Western, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine.
Part III: Living a Good Life with Hep C.
Chapter 11: Eating and Drinking for Health.
Chapter 12: Avoiding Harmful Substances.
Chapter 13: Moving and Grooving to Reduce Stress and Feel Better.
Chapter 14: Surrounding Yourself with Support.
Chapter 15: Working through Relationships and Telling Others.
Chapter 16: Facing Financial and Workplace Challenges.
Part IV: Considering Different Groups with Hepatitis C.
Chapter 17: Helping Kids with Hepatitis C.
Chapter 18: Special Groups with Hepatitis C.
Chapter 19: For Family and Friends.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Vacationing with Hepatitis C.
Chapter 21: Ten Tips for Sleeping Well with Hepatitis C.
Chapter 22: Ten-Plus Web Sites and Resources for Hep C.