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33 Year old Female, stage 3. Currently on Intron therapy for 48 wks

Forums General Melanoma Community 33 Year old Female, stage 3. Currently on Intron therapy for 48 wks

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    hnolan1
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    My wife was diagnosed with a 4mm melanoma on her neck in October 2010. She was misdiagnosed in 2005.  Can anyone tell me about the long term side effects of Intron A?

     

    My wife was diagnosed with a 4mm melanoma on her neck in October 2010. She was misdiagnosed in 2005.  Can anyone tell me about the long term side effects of Intron A?

     

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      FormerCaregiver
      Participant

      Here is some detailed info about Intron A (interferon alfa-2b, recombinant):
      http://www.drugs.com/sfx/intron-a-side-effects.html
      and
      http://www.rxlist.com/intron_a-drug.htm

      Not sure of the long term side effects, but it can be a very challenging treatment for some
      people.

      Have you considered completing a profile for your wife?  It doesn't have to be long, but this
      will really help us to help you with any questions that you may have.

      Frank from Australia

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      FormerCaregiver
      Participant

      Here is some detailed info about Intron A (interferon alfa-2b, recombinant):
      http://www.drugs.com/sfx/intron-a-side-effects.html
      and
      http://www.rxlist.com/intron_a-drug.htm

      Not sure of the long term side effects, but it can be a very challenging treatment for some
      people.

      Have you considered completing a profile for your wife?  It doesn't have to be long, but this
      will really help us to help you with any questions that you may have.

      Frank from Australia

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      DebbieH
      Participant

      I'm stage IIIC and did interferon in 2001/2002.  I had significant short term memory issues for a couple of years but it finally went away.  The other side effects, mostly that extreme fatigue, was gone shortly after I stopped treatment. 

      My long term side effect has been a wonderful life, three more grandchildren to enjoy and hope that it will continue.

      Good luck!

      DebbieH, stage IIIC, NED 9-1/2+ years after interferon

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      DebbieH
      Participant

      I'm stage IIIC and did interferon in 2001/2002.  I had significant short term memory issues for a couple of years but it finally went away.  The other side effects, mostly that extreme fatigue, was gone shortly after I stopped treatment. 

      My long term side effect has been a wonderful life, three more grandchildren to enjoy and hope that it will continue.

      Good luck!

      DebbieH, stage IIIC, NED 9-1/2+ years after interferon

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      KatyWI
      Participant

      I did interferon in 2001-2002 and the only lingering side effect was that I kept off the 30 lb I lost while taking it.  It bought me 8 years NED (I had a recurrence in 2009 but am back to NED as of April.)

      Lots of opinions on interferon; some get no benefit but for others it is really helpful.

      KatyWI

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      KatyWI
      Participant

      I did interferon in 2001-2002 and the only lingering side effect was that I kept off the 30 lb I lost while taking it.  It bought me 8 years NED (I had a recurrence in 2009 but am back to NED as of April.)

      Lots of opinions on interferon; some get no benefit but for others it is really helpful.

      KatyWI

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