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cannot decide if i should do 30 day ifrn for stage 2 mel

Forums General Melanoma Community cannot decide if i should do 30 day ifrn for stage 2 mel

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    bball
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    I have ruled out 1yr interferon treatment. However,when i look at some of the trials like Rusciani it seems worthwhile to at least try it for 30 days to extend chances of DFS.(or has this study been shown not to be valid). Any experiances or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

    I have ruled out 1yr interferon treatment. However,when i look at some of the trials like Rusciani it seems worthwhile to at least try it for 30 days to extend chances of DFS.(or has this study been shown not to be valid). Any experiances or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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      triciad
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      I completed the year of interferon in October.  My doctor initially said for me to just do the one month of high dose.  I tried the low dose and did pretty well with it, so I kept going.  When I was close to finishing the year, he told me it was a good thing because that study  (month of high dose is just as effective) was shown not to be reliable.

      Having said that, you have to do what is best for you.  Any decision you make is the right decision…never look back.  I didn't know that they offered interferon to stage 2.

      Best of luck with whatever decision you make.  I know it's not an easy place to be, but know that you have a strong support group here.

      Tricia – Stage 3B

      NED 18 months

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      triciad
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      I completed the year of interferon in October.  My doctor initially said for me to just do the one month of high dose.  I tried the low dose and did pretty well with it, so I kept going.  When I was close to finishing the year, he told me it was a good thing because that study  (month of high dose is just as effective) was shown not to be reliable.

      Having said that, you have to do what is best for you.  Any decision you make is the right decision…never look back.  I didn't know that they offered interferon to stage 2.

      Best of luck with whatever decision you make.  I know it's not an easy place to be, but know that you have a strong support group here.

      Tricia – Stage 3B

      NED 18 months

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        bball
        Participant

        Tricia, thanks for your response. One onc told me the 30 day high dose was in testing stage and no results but if i could handle it ,it may help but you never would know ,only if it did not help. Sre you doing any special diet, i.e. no sugar, lots of veggies etc.?  After treatment are you just doing follow ups?

        Glad you are doing well . It helps to hear that.

        bball

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        bball
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        Tricia, thanks for your response. One onc told me the 30 day high dose was in testing stage and no results but if i could handle it ,it may help but you never would know ,only if it did not help. Sre you doing any special diet, i.e. no sugar, lots of veggies etc.?  After treatment are you just doing follow ups?

        Glad you are doing well . It helps to hear that.

        bball

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