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HOW DOES INTERFERON WORK?

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Alpha interferon works differently in the various diseases it is used to fight. In hepatitis C the virus invades and destroys liver cells; interferon lowers the virus population to a level where it no longer causes injury. Interferon helps by stimulating immune cells that in turn repel the invasion. Some hepatitis patients don't respond to interferon at all; others do, but some of them relapse when they stop taking it. --- IX.2.1 WHAT WILL INTERFERON ACHIEVE: Even when the interferon does not cure the disease, it can help to put the virus into remission for awhile, giving your liver a much needed break, and helping you to live longer and more comfortably. IX.2.2 CLINICAL TRIALS: Your doctor may also suggest that you join a clinical trial for new treatments, or you may want to bring up this option with your doctor. Clinical trials are carefully designed research studies that test promising new HCV treatments. Patients who take part in research may be the first to benefit from improved ... more
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Alpha interferon works differently in the various diseases it is used to fight. In hepatitis C the virus invades and destroys liver cells; interferon lowers the virus population to a level where it no longer causes injury. Interferon helps by stimulating immune cells that in turn repel the invasion. Some hepatitis patients dont respond to interferon at all; others do, but some of them relapse when they stop taking it. --- IX.2.1 WHAT WILL INTERFERON ACHIEVE: Even when the interferon does not cure the disease, it can help to put the virus into remission for awhile, giving your liver a much needed break, and helping you to live longer and more comfortably. IX.2.2 CLINICAL TRIALS: Your doctor may also suggest that you join a clinical trial for new treatments, or you may want to bring up this option with your doctor. Clinical trials are carefully designed research studies that test promising new HCV treatments. Patients who take part in research may be the first to benefit from improved ...
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