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- August 13, 2010 at 1:41 am
I did IL-2. I did not have a choice of a clinical trial in my area, but if I had your mom's choice to make, here's what I'd consider: IL-2 is known to produce long-term, durable responses in a few people. With BRAF, we don't know as much; I remember reading one article where people had dramatic responses, but they were not durable. Furthermore, because it's a trial she could end up with the dacarbazine. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but although people do respond to dacarbazine, it's not usually durable.
You do need to be relatively strong and healthy to take the IL-2. If I was the one who had to choose, I'd try the IL-2. It's rough stuff; you can read the archives to hear all about it, but man, if it works, it is totally worth it.
Good luck to you and your mom,