Resources

Liver Disease Information

In Your Area

Frequent Helpline/Chatline Questions and Answers

Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions that we receive at our helpline/chatline. For more detailed information, please call 1-800-GO-LIVER (465-4837). We're staffed 9am-7pm ET, Monday through Friday.


Question: How do I pay for HCV medications?

Answer: The American Liver Foundation does not provide direct financial assistance for persons. We can however provide referrals to other organizations which can help. For assistance including medical bills, copay/medication assistance, transportation and housing, please visit our updated financial resource guide which can be found here: http://www.liverfoundation.org/downloads/alf_download_1210.pdf

Question: Where can I find a doctor?

Answer: There are many types of healthcare providers who evaluate and treat people with liver disorders. The American Liver Foundation has provided this directory of listings so that you can locate a healthcare provider or treatment facility in an area near you. This tool provides listings for the following: Physicians (gastroenterologists, hepatologists and infectious Disease Specialists), Health Clinics (Community Health Centers and Homeless Health Centers) and Substance Abuse Treatment locations (Outpatient Treatment Centers and Halfway Houses)

Find a medical specialist

Question: How can I get help with the cost of my medications?

Answer: The American Liver Foundation does not provide direct financial assistance for persons. We can however provide referrals to other organizations which can help. For assistance including medical bills, copay/medication assistance, transportation and housing, please visit our updated financial resource guide which can be found here:

http://www.liverfoundation.org/downloads/alf_download_1210.pdf

Question: What can I eat if I have liver disease?

Answer: Eating well is a great lifestyle change that can help your liver function at its fullest potential. Making changes in your diet including limiting fats & sugars while increasing consumption of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains. More information about diet and liver wellness can be found in our brochure.

Information about diet and your liver

Eating Right

Liver Wellness Brochure

Finding a dietitian

Question: Where can I find a local support group?

Answer: Local support groups are great resources for people to connect and be able to share their experiences with others. Finding local resources is easy – log onto http://www.liverfoundation.org

and enter your location to find a division closest to you. On their page is a portion dedicated to local resources. If there are no support groups near you, we have created an online forum, Inspire, https://www.inspire.com/groups/american-liver-foundation/. Here you can connect with other patients with liver disease and their families to share experiences, information and support.

Question: How do I get listed for transplant?

Answer: Liver transplant referrals typically come from your gastroenterologist, hepatologist or primary care physician.

You can access a list of transplant centers via OPTN (Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network http://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/) and UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing https://www.unos.org tel # 888-894-6361 ).

Q& A Brochure from UNOS about transplantation can be found here: https://www.unos.org/wp-content/uploads/unos/Multiple_Listing.pdf

Question: Where can they go to find treatment centers (alcohol/drugs)?

Answer: Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Drug Abuse Treatment Referral HelpLine

800-662-4357

http://www.samhsa.gov/

· Treatment service locator for alcohol and drug abuse or mental health https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

· Buprenorphine physicians and treatment programs authorized to treat opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers http://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/physician-program-data/treatment-physician-locator

· Treatment programs in your state that treat addiction and dependence on opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers http://dpt2.samhsa.gov/treatment/directory.aspx

Also, if you have health insurance, many plans include behavioral health assistance and we suggest contacting your member services to see if further information is available.

Question: What is the transmission/prevention for Hepatitis A, B & C ?

Answer: Our specific poster about transmission and prevention can be found here:http://www.liverfoundation.org/downloads/alf_download_411.pdf

All of our information about liver diseases can be found at our page: http://www.liverfoundation.org/abouttheliver/info/

Additionally, we have a list of helpful resources which also include all of our available brochures and other educational materials. Such can be found: http://www.liverfoundation.org/education/downloads

Question: What are alternative medication/supplements that are OK for me to take?

Answer: Before beginning any new supplements or regimens, it is advised to follow up with your medical provider whom can better understand your medical history and current medication regimen.

Online resources to find more information about supplements can be found at the following location:

1.) LiverTox- NIH

http://livertox.nih.gov/

· Provides searchable database on hepatotoxicity of medications, herbal or supplements

2.) National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) – NIH

888-644-6226

http://nccam.nih.gov/

· Provides educational information on supplements and herbal products

Question: Where can I find a clinical trial?

Answer: A clinical trial is a medical research study conducted to find answers to health questions. Clinical trials are often conducted to evaluate new medications, a combination of medications, or new ways to use current treatments. Clinical trials are also conducted to evaluate new tests, equipment, and procedures for diagnosing and detecting health conditions and to find vaccines to prevent illnesses.

Helpful resources to find a clinical trial can be found:

1.) National Cancer Institutes (NCI) - NIH

800-422-6237

http://www.cancer.gov/

· Educational resources on all types of cancer including liver cancer

· Search for cancer clinical trials

2.) Clinical Trials Registry – National Institutes of Health (NIH)

http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/

· Clinical trial locator in the U.S. and other countries

· Comprehensive for clinical trials in the U.S.

· Advance search available by condition (e.g., HCV, NAFLD, HCC etc.), recruitment (open studies vs. closed studies) and other criteria

3.) World Health Organization (WHO) International Clinical Trials Registry Platform

http://www.who.int/ictrp/en/

· World-wide clinical trial locator

Page updated: October 31st, 2016

 

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