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When to start Interferon?

Forums General Melanoma Community When to start Interferon?

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    ockelly
    Participant

      My husband TJ was dx with Stage 3b MM (amelanotic with unknown primary) in Nov.  We are waiting to hear

      if he qualifies for the GSK DERMA clinical trail.  The process is taking much longer than expected.  We plan to 

      start Interferon if he does not qualify.  Wondering what the optimal time frame is to start?  I thought I had heard

      approx 70 days post dx (or maybe post op??).  He had the node removed on 11/4 and parotidectomy and SLND on 12/2.

      Thanks 

      Kelly

      My husband TJ was dx with Stage 3b MM (amelanotic with unknown primary) in Nov.  We are waiting to hear

      if he qualifies for the GSK DERMA clinical trail.  The process is taking much longer than expected.  We plan to 

      start Interferon if he does not qualify.  Wondering what the optimal time frame is to start?  I thought I had heard

      approx 70 days post dx (or maybe post op??).  He had the node removed on 11/4 and parotidectomy and SLND on 12/2.

      Thanks 

      Kelly

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        dian in spokane
        Participant

          Unless things have changed in the last few years, Interferon is best started within 58 days of the last surgery

          dian in spokane
          Participant

            Unless things have changed in the last few years, Interferon is best started within 58 days of the last surgery

              Janner
              Participant

                Just to expand on Dian's comment….

                All the clinical trials for Interferon's effectiveness required that a person start the trial within 58 days of surgery.  This means that if you start Interferon later than 58 days after surgery, the statistics that you based your decision for using Interferon are no longer valid.  It doesn't mean Interferon will or won't be effective for you.  It doesn't have great numbers to begin with.  But any statistics you see regarding Interferon are based on starting treatment within that 58 days.

                Best wishes,

                Janner

                Janner
                Participant

                  Just to expand on Dian's comment….

                  All the clinical trials for Interferon's effectiveness required that a person start the trial within 58 days of surgery.  This means that if you start Interferon later than 58 days after surgery, the statistics that you based your decision for using Interferon are no longer valid.  It doesn't mean Interferon will or won't be effective for you.  It doesn't have great numbers to begin with.  But any statistics you see regarding Interferon are based on starting treatment within that 58 days.

                  Best wishes,

                  Janner

                  ockelly
                  Participant

                    Thanks for the info Janner

                    Kelly

                    ockelly
                    Participant

                      Thanks for the info Janner

                      Kelly

                    joy_
                    Participant

                      It is post op.  My husband had amelanotic too and had hoped for the DERMA trial but didn't quality so he did one month of interferon.  That study looks good.  Hope it works out for you guys!

                      joy_
                      Participant

                        It is post op.  My husband had amelanotic too and had hoped for the DERMA trial but didn't quality so he did one month of interferon.  That study looks good.  Hope it works out for you guys!

                          ockelly
                          Participant

                            Tracy

                            How long after SLND did your husband start Interferon?

                            Kelly

                            ockelly
                            Participant

                              Tracy

                              How long after SLND did your husband start Interferon?

                              Kelly

                              joy_
                              Participant

                                He started at 62 days post op.  It took longer than usual for us to find out he did not qualify for the trial…

                                joy_
                                Participant

                                  He started at 62 days post op.  It took longer than usual for us to find out he did not qualify for the trial…

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