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Nearly all those treated in a recent trial were cured.
Direct-acting antivirals lower this risk to a greater extent than interferon-based regimens.
Whether such recurrence is less likely after interferon treatment remains the source of some controversy in the hep C research community.
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The link between the older interferon treatment and these cancers may be related to the drug’s low hep C cure rate.
A European liver transplant registry saw a decline in hep C as a cause of needing a transplant.
In a recent trial, 12 weeks of the drug combination worked well regardless of whether individuals had drug-resistant virus.
However, in a small subset of those with advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis, liver damage remains the same or worsens post-cure.
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Any previous apparent link between direct-acting antivirals, compared with interferon, and liver cancer was likely driven by other factors.
The FDA has expanded approval of the direct-acting antiviral treatments Sovaldi and Harvoni for adolescents ages 12 and older.
The antiviral drug, which for some people can be a beneficial adjunct to the new crop of hep C medications, has gotten a bad rap.
But curing hepatitis C does lower the risk of liver cancer.
The virus kick-starts a process that blunts the body’s interferon-based immune response.
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