Dr. Crawford (Vascular Surgeon who performed lymph node disection) offered feedback from the tumor conference he attended where he presented my case. He reaffirmed the opinion that interferon is the only obvious adjuvant treatment to help stop or slow recurrence.
Several specialist at the conference shared that recent studies show the 30 day high dose intervenous interferon treatment alone offers substantially the same results in detering recurrence as patients that undergo the current standard of 12 months of treatement, where the last 11 months are lower dose self injection. Dr. Crawford noted that approximately 75% of those attending the conference informally voted to be in agreement with the theory.
Dr. Crawford contacted the local Oncologist Dr. Xiong with this feedback. Dr. Xiong will also receive follow up information from the MD Anderson assesment. All information will then be considered during a 4/9 appointment with Dr. Xiong in making a final decision about treatment to deter recurrence.
Harvey & Erica Braden
Journal of our journey with a Metastatic Melanoma Diagnosis. Erica was diagnosed Stage 3 in January 2010 and then Stage 4 in April 2018.