I'm Stage 3c and about to decide on treatment. I'm currently NED after WLE and lymph node dissection. I'm considering 1 month of HD Interferon or a clinical trial of ipi versus placebo. I know the clinical trial is a gamble, but there seems to be more success with ipi (if Iget it) than Interferon. I know alot of people have had success with Interferon staying away for awhile, so I'm really torn. My oncologist doesn't seem to have any answers for me. Everytime I suggest something, he seems to not be thrilled with the limited success of certain drugs. Keep in mind he's a melanoma scientist, so he's all about the science and doesn't see Interferon as a good option for me. Apparently in Canada, we don't do Interluken or Biochem anymore, so what choice do I have at this point? He does like ipi and said I should do the trial, but with Interferon, I know I'm getting something.
I feel I would drop out of the trial if I didn't get an autoimmune response even though I know it's not fair for the trial. I had a deep primary, so I feel I need to do whatever I can to keep this from coming back as long as I can. What is the cutoff to do Interferon after surgery?
Currently, I'm taking a holistic approach and trying to make my immune system as strong as I can. It may not help, but building a stronger body can't hurt.
Any advice, experience with trials, etc would be greatly appreciated.