Hi. My husband was diagnosed with Melanoma (2.55mm thickness, non-ulcerated) on his chest in July. A follow-up WLE and SNB revealed 4 of 6 microscopic tumors in his lymph nodes, tracking to both his left and right armpit. He has since completed two completion node dissections and enrolled in the interferon vs. ipi trial. We were really hoping he would get chosen for the ipilumimab trial but unfortunately, he lost the lottery and is scheduled to begin Interferon on Monday. I want to make sure I'm doing to right thing by encouraging him to stay in the trial. I've looked at all the Interferon data and I'm unimpressed, but I also can't imagine doing nothing. He is 36 years old, and a father of a 2 year old and one more on the way.
I've read through past posts which have been incredibly helpful, but I'd love to hear any words of encouragement as to why he should stay in Interferon side of the trial. Also, his doctors are implanting a port on Monday since he isn't supposed to get blood drawn from either arm. We're curious how standard this practice is and how difficult it will be to endure.
Finally, are there any examples out there where people have been prescribed ipilumimab off-label for resectable Stage 3C Melanoma? We've consulted with five doctors so far and I haven't found one willing to do it, but...
Thanks in advance!