Palliative care is a kind of care for people who have a serious illness. It's different from care to cure your illness. Its goal is to improve your quality of life—not just in your body but also in your mind and spirit.
You can have this care along with treatment to cure your illness. You can also have it if treatment to cure your illness no longer seems like a good choice.
Palliative care providers will work to help control pain or side effects. They may help you decide what treatment you want or don't want. And they can help your loved ones understand how to support you.
If you're interested in palliative care, talk to your doctor.
For more information, see
Treatment of relapse or nonresponse
Sometimes you can take a different combination of medicines if your
first round of treatment didn't work very well. The decision to try treatment
again is based on several things including how well you tolerated the first treatment and how well the
first round of treatment worked. Talk to your doctor about whether you might try
Treatment if the condition gets worse
damage caused by chronic
hepatitis C usually takes 20 or more years to develop.
If your hepatitis C continues to get worse, it can
cause your liver to stop working, a condition called end-stage liver failure.
In this case, a
liver transplant may be the only way to extend your
life. But if you are drinking alcohol, are sharing needles to inject drugs, or
depression or certain other mental illnesses, liver
transplant may not be an option.
Most people with chronic
hepatitis C will not die from the disease. But 1 to 5 out of 100 people with
severe liver damage from chronic
hepatitis C will die because of the virus.7 Even if a liver transplant is done as a last possible
treatment, there can be complications that lead to death. For more information
about decisions to help prepare for death and dying, see the topic
Care at the End of Life.