How to treat liver damage
Posted 17 July 2017 - 11:33 PM
Posted 18 July 2017 - 04:48 PM
Posted 19 July 2017 - 10:15 AM
If your friend has only taken the CML TKI drugs (Gleevec, Sprycel, Tasigna, etc) then the liver damage is probably not actual damage but may instead be drug induced elevated liver enzymes. But if the friend had actual chemotherapy treatment (drip line type) that is another issue. If such chemo was used, then the improvement in blast phase symptoms is only temporary and they will soon fade. The liver cannot be forced to heal.
Also, liver function tests must include all the types of tests to rule out false information about the liver. The liver is not always the source of the elevated enzymes which presumably show liver damage. It is hard to diagnose actual liver damage.If only ALT and AST are being used by the doctor, that is not good enough.
If the liver is the only thing preventing proceeding with the transplant, it may require proceeding anyway despite possible liver issues. A patient must sometimes choose which issue is worse and deal with that one, which is likely the CML.
Edited by Trey, 19 July 2017 - 10:16 AM.
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