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Does interferon keep you from getting sick?

Forums General Melanoma Community Does interferon keep you from getting sick?

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    djpayn
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    If you are able to get through the year of interferon, does it keep you from getting common illnesses as well as keep the melanoma at bay?

    By common illnesses I am referring to colds, flu, etc.

    I am aware that it doesnt keep melanoma away forever, but since it does pump up the immune system, it would make sense that common illnesses would be rare as well, doesn't it?

    If you are able to get through the year of interferon, does it keep you from getting common illnesses as well as keep the melanoma at bay?

    By common illnesses I am referring to colds, flu, etc.

    I am aware that it doesnt keep melanoma away forever, but since it does pump up the immune system, it would make sense that common illnesses would be rare as well, doesn't it?

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      Tracy Chicago
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      I felt like I always had a slight head cold while I was on interferon. I finished in March and then I got my first sinus infection for the year in October…it hasn't gone away yet!

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      Tracy Chicago
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      I felt like I always had a slight head cold while I was on interferon. I finished in March and then I got my first sinus infection for the year in October…it hasn't gone away yet!

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      Phil S
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      It seems to me that Interferon is often times as unpredictable as melanoma itself.  My husband has had low white cell counts for his entire 10 months of treatment, although not low enough to have to change dosage.  He got pneumonia in December during the beginning of our brutal winter.  He is doing well now, and didn't have to interrupt treatment.  Valerie (Phil's wife)

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      Phil S
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      It seems to me that Interferon is often times as unpredictable as melanoma itself.  My husband has had low white cell counts for his entire 10 months of treatment, although not low enough to have to change dosage.  He got pneumonia in December during the beginning of our brutal winter.  He is doing well now, and didn't have to interrupt treatment.  Valerie (Phil's wife)

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