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American Liver Foundation Greater New York Division To Host Trends in Hepatitis C Treatment Program

“New treatments are offering a virologic cure to almost all patients with Hepatitis C and will therefore prevent many complications associated with

Date: November 05, 2014
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Leading doctors and medical professors discuss newest treatments for hepatitis C

VALHALLA, N.Y. – November 5, 2014 – On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, the American Liver Foundation is partnering with Westchester Medical Center and New York Medical College to host a Trends in Hepatitis C Treatment program at the Skyline Auditorium, 19 Skyline Drive, Hawthorne, NY 10532. The program taking place from 5:30PM-7:30PM, will help to boost education and awareness regarding the diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C. 

An estimated 3.2 million Americans are infected with hepatitis C according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), yet 73% are not aware that they carry the virus. Hepatitis C often produces mild to no symptoms, causing patients to be unaware until it is too late and have already developed significant liver damage.

“More than 15,000 people die from hepatitis-C related liver diseases annually, surpassing the death rate from HIV,” says Dr. Edward Lebovics, a member of the American Liver Foundation Medical Advisory Committee. “New treatments are offering a virologic cure to almost all patients with Hepatitis C and will therefore prevent many complications associated with advanced liver disease.” 

The program will include presentations from physicians who will share their experience and expertise in discussing the newest treatments for hepatitis C, followed by a question and answer session. Presentations will be given by Edward Lebovics, MD, FACP, AGAF, FACG, FAASLD, Sarah C. Upham Professor and Director of the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatobiliary Diseases New York Medical College and Westchester Medical Center; David C. Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at Westchester Medical Center, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatobiliary Diseases New York Medical College; and Roxana Bodin, MD, Attending Transplant Hepatologist at Westchester Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at New York Medical College.

To RSVP for the program, e-mail Paul Bolter at pbolter@liverfoundation.org.

About the American Liver Foundation
The American Liver Foundation is the source of information on hepatitis, including a dedicated website for hepatitis C (hepc123.org), as well as general liver health information onliverfoundation.org and a national toll-free helpline: 1-800-GO-LIVER (465-4837). The American Liver Foundation is a trusted voice and resource for patients with liver disease. Its mission is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. The Foundation’s 16 divisions across the country provide support to newly diagnosed patients, families and the general public. It funds research that has helped further careers of young scientists in the field of liver health in the hopes of finding treatments and cures for liver disease. 

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Additional Resources:
ALF Hepatitis Awareness Month Webpage:http://www.liverfoundation.org/chapters/ham/ 

ALF Hep A Information Page:http://www.liverfoundation.org/abouttheliver/info/hepatitisa/ 

ALF Hep B Information Page:http://www.liverfoundation.org/abouttheliver/info/hepatitisb/

ALF Hep C 123 Program:
http://hepc123.liverfoundation.org/ 

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