DoingOurBest, welcome to the forum. I am sorry that your husband's platelets have dropped significantly at the beginning of treatment. The doctor probably will take him off treatment. However, you might ask him about reducing the dosage of interferon first. As ML said, 1a and 1b are the most difficult to treat, so it really is a shame if your husband can't proceed with treatment as he would have a good chance of clearing the virus. There is also a new treatment protocol becoming available next year, but it is targeted more at the genotypes that are difficult to treat--and still has interferon in it. I had to stop interferon treatment back in '93-94--2 separate trials of it--as my white counts got too low. Now they have medication for that.
Has alcohol ever been a problem with your husband? If not, then he needs to request evaluation for a transplant at a liver transplant center. That process takes some time, so it's best to get started right away before things get really bad. How is the rest of his blood work--liver enzymes, etc.? What other symptoms is he experiencing?
If it's any consolation to you, I contracted hep C in the late 60s and basically have had no treatment. From 1970 until 1986, I drank alcoholically. I'm sure that didn't help matters. I developed cirrhosis and liver cancer, and lost the right lobe of my liver, but I'm still here and doing reasonably well. I am considering taking the new treatment when it becomes available.
So don't give up hope. DO have him abstain from eating red meat and increase fresh fruits and veggies.
I'm glad you found us. Be sure to check out the information in the Hepatitis Resources folder at the top of the page, and also the Caregivers Sharing thread.
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