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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

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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

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        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start Interferon later than 58 days after surgery, the statistics that you based your decision for using Interferon are no longer valid.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

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        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

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        ockelly
        Participant

        Thanks for the info Janner

        Kelly

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        ockelly
        Participant

        Thanks for the info Janner

        Kelly

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      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!

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      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!

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        ockelly
        Participant

        Tracy

        How long after SLND did your husband start Interferon?

        Kelly

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        ockelly
        Participant

        Tracy

        How long after SLND did your husband start Interferon?

        Kelly

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        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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        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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