• Need advice regarding Interferon

    Asked by SaGonzalez on Thursday, December 6, 2012

    Need advice regarding Interferon

    I have been undergoing Interferon treatments for about a month and have just started with the 2nd phase which is subcutaneous injections 3x per week. All the doctors have told me that the first phase is the hardest due to the fact that it is given interveneously 5x p/week. Had my first shot on Monday and had every side effect possible. They actually felt worse than with my first round of treatment. I am contemplating stopping treatment altogether and desperately need some advice from anyone that has undergone this treatment. I have three young children and am not sure if I can handle the flu-like symptoms for another year. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      What kind of advice are you looking for? The only thing I can suggest is that you discuss possible options with your oncologist, whether it be a different form of alternative treatment, or medications to minimize your side effects.

      over 8 years ago
    • StrongSteph's Avatar

      I had 25 shots of interferon as a part of my biochemotherapy to fight stage IV melanoma. Interferon was really hard...it hurt. I found out, after the fact, that it can cause depression. I would reccomend talking to your doctor about that and a possible prescription for anti-depressants. Maybe you can take breaks between the shots, like 1 week on and 1 week off? to lessen the effects? There is no easy way out of melanoma, stay strong! Take Care

      over 8 years ago
    • johnsgs' Avatar
      johnsgs (Best Answer!)

      I endured it for 10months very hard. Good news is I have stage 4 and its been 11years. If u can try to keep going. U will make it try to focus

      over 8 years ago

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