But in 2011, two new drugs got approved for hepatitis C — telaprevir (brand name Incivek) and boceprevir (Victrelis). Turner tried one of those, along with the older drugs.
The new regimen was even tougher. She suffered severe rashes and other side effects, including a total loss of appetite. She lost 60 pounds.
Nurse practitioner Kathleen Coleman of Tufts Medical Center in Boston helped her get through it. "We can get them through therapy," she says. "We do manage the nausea, we do manage the anemia, we do manage the rash."