If you have ever been infected by hepatitis B, cancer treatment which suppresses your immune system can allow the virus to reactivate – even if your body had dealt with it successfully before.
Reactivation can lead to liver failure, death or sub-optimal cancer treatment.
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For more than 15 years Howard struggled with chronic hepatitis C. In 2016 he went on a course of two tablets a day for 12 weeks... and got his life back.
At its March meeting, the PBAC has recommended the removal of age restrictions from all PBS listings of hepatitis C DAA regimens.
Australians from all walks of life can have hepatitis B or C, but a third of a million aren’t coming forward for vital treatment that can save their lives.
Hepatitis Australia has called on the Australian Government to provide adequate funding to tackle the problems of hepatitis B and hepatitis C, so as to reduce liver cancers and avoidable deaths.
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Australian researchers have found a way to predict the risk of liver cancer in people with chronic hepatitis B, promising earlier diagnosis, better management and potentially better prevention of hepatitis B- related liver cancer.
Hepatitis Australia has welcomed the support for an immediate increase in funding to help achieve the National Strategy targets.
National Blood Borne Viruses (BBV) and Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) Strategies for 2018-22 have been released by the Department of Health.