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Re: [MOL] interferon



Dear Ron:  Welcome to our wonderful forum and thanks so much for sharing
your story with us.  Would you mind if I put it in our album?  Am trying to
have imput from as many various cancers there are in the album.  Know that
we wish you all the best, for you to keep your wonderful positive attitude
and now it is 5 months and 31 days left, right?  Your friend, lillian



----- Original Message -----
From: Ron Eyolfson <eyolfsr@fort-frances.lakeheadu.ca>
To: <mol-cancer@meds.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 29, 1999 8:29 PM
Subject: [MOL] interferon


> I have been on interferon alfa 2b for 6 months now.
> I started the melanoma roller coaster with a mole removal in June of
> 1997. At that time I was told "no Problem" got it all. Dec 1998 I felt
> two lumps in my left groin area directly around from my original Mole.
> The lymph nodes in my left groin were removed and 2 of the 18 were
> melanoma.
> I started the interferon treatments 5 weeks after the operation . The
> treatmen is extremely expensive but you have to put a value on a chance
> to prevent reoccurence. 42% above not trying interferon.
> The treatment is a year long with the first 4 weeks double dose
> intervenous 5 times a week. There are many side effects some of which
> lessen as time goes on. You have to have a mental preparedness to get
> through the year and keep your sense of humor. It will get you down at
> times and you will want to chuck it out at times but once you start , Go
> for it it's worth the body aches and other effects.
> Just remember its only for a year , I keep telling myself that and it
> works.
> My wife is very understanding and supports me through my moods and
> trying moments. Worst is over now 6 months to go ..
> Ron
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