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    Pamela Anderson Says She Has Hepatitis C


    A drug called interferon is used to treat hepatitis C. A new form of interferon, called peg-interferon, works even better. When this form of interferon is combined with another drug called ribavirin, up to 50% to 60% of people can be cured.

    Treatment for hepatitis C can take the better part of a year. It's no walk in the park: the treatment usually makes people feel like they have a bad case of the flu. It can even make your hair fall out. These effects go away after treatment. Your doctor usually can tell after a few weeks whether the treatment is working.

    Treatment can prevent further liver damage and cirrhosis down the road. Studies have also shown that interferon can help prevent liver cancer in people with hepatitis C.

    With reporting by Jeanie Davis

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