VA Pittsburgh's hepatitis C treatment gives Naval Veteran new lease on life

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Philip Bruce's family might not have believed his story.

After all, Bruce hadn't bought it when a physician assistant with VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System first suggested he consider a modern, all-oral treatment for hepatitis C.

"Take a pill? I'm like, what?" Bruce says, recalling a conversation with Sarah Foti.
"Sarah told me it would be a pill a day. Even then, I was expecting the worst with side effects — and it was like, nothing."

Cured of the hepatitis C virus since 2015, Bruce is now free of the health concerns that accompanied his previous condition. He can now enjoy the freedoms he fought to preserve while serving with the Navy in the Vietnam War .

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