26. Do you have any advice for HBV carriers?
So my advice to all of you who have chronic
hepatitis B is just like the name of this conference “B-Informed.”
Right? Learn the principles of HBV treatment and control. It is very
simple. I always say hepatitis B is very simple. It is the doctors who make it difficult
because those doctors who have made it difficult don’t really
understand hepatitis B. I can say that because I am actually an FDA
consultant for hepatitis B anti-viral drugs for the last eight years.
So most of the drugs which are on the
market came through our committee and whether you like it or not, we
were responsible for approving them. So you need to find out what you
test, what tests you need to monitor regularly, what treatment and
when treatment is appropriate. Okay. Get your family tested for hepatitis
B and vaccinated if they are not protected. Don’t assume all doctors
are knowledgeable about hepatitis B and the risks of liver cancer. And
don’t let your doctors scare you. You know people, my patients come to see me
and then they say, “Oh my doctor told me I am going to die or I need a
transplant.” You know? I look at their numbers and I say what the
heck are you talking about? You know you just need to be monitored and
if you need treatment, undergo appropriate treatment and go and have
fun and enjoy life. So really with a few simple tests twice a
year, you can enjoy a normal family life.
25. What is the California Liver Cancer Prevention Plan?
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