Hi, I've had 2 surgeries to remove a mole that was melanoma in the past 8 weeks. Had a lymph node biopsy with the second surgery and it came back negative, as did the blood work, the surrounding tissue, etc. My oncologist has scheduled me to begin Interferon therapy very soon - 5 days a week on an iv for 4 weeks then shots 3 times a week for a year.
From what I've been learning through research, it sounds as though this therapy is normally given when the lymph nodes have been positive for melanoma or the depth made it a stage 3 or 4. The depth had me at stage 1 then changed to stage 2 because the mole had begun to deteriorate on the surface.It was 1.8 mm deep.
I understand preventive medicine is the best route to take when it comes to cancer, but if going through this for a year is not a true medical necessity, I'm wondering why he would rush me into it when all the tests came back clean.
I'd greatly appreciate someone's input who has been through this type of therapy. I know there are many, many of you with a much worse case of cancer, and please believe me when I say I know I'm blessed. I will of course do anything to avoid having it come back or spread.