• What does biochemotherapy do for Stage 4 Melanoma patients?

    Asked by Melanoma_WN on Thursday, January 24, 2013

    What does biochemotherapy do for Stage 4 Melanoma patients?

    How is it different from chemotherapy? Has anyone had success with biochemotherapy treatment?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      In clinical trials from about 112-15 years ago, it showed a reduced mortality rate of 10% over useing chemotherapy alone. It includes chemotherapy but also include drugs like interferon that target the immune system.

      over 4 years ago
    • StrongSteph's Avatar

      This is the treatment I had.... 5 rounds of bio chemotherapy. It went like this: on a 22 day cycle: day 1 admission to the hosptial and hooked up to IVs. An IL-2 drip begins....then chemotherapy...a drip, an IV push, and pills. Once a day I would get an interferon shot. 4 days of the chemo drugs, 5 days of the immunotherapy drugs. On day 5 I would check out of the hospital and check into a hotel. Day 6 I went to the Angeles Clinic to see my doctor and have hydration pumped in via IV. At this time I received a shot of something to promote my blood to rejuvenate. I would go home and have a home nurse visit for 3 days, taking blood samples, checking my blood pressure and providing hydration. This is a very brutal treatment and luckily my cancer did not like it and I responded positively! Please message me or email me with any more questions. i think the choice of drugs for the treatment varies, I was on interferon, IL-2, cisplatine, vistpline, and tembadore ( I am sure the speliings are off!) TAKE CARE!!

      over 4 years ago

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