- August 17, 2010 at 12:43 am
Pam – I'm sorry you had to join us but this is a great place for information and support.
When you meet with your oncologist he/she will offer you some options of which immunotherapy (typically interferon) might be one. Melanoma doesn't respond well to chemotherapy so many therapies work by revving up the immune system. If you chose to do interferon you will have a month of daily infusions for a month followed by 11 months of self-injections 3 x week. Some oncologists stick with just the monthly regime. You might also be offered the "watch and wait" treatment or maybe a clinical trial.
In any case you are in one of the toughest times after diagnosis – you're still taking it in and you don't know what you're going to be doing for it. Is there any way you can get into an oncologist sooner? A month is a long time to wait for information….and sleep.
Good luck, Pam, keep us posted