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What are important but rare interferon side effects when used for melanoma?

What are important but rare interferon side effects when used for melanoma?

Depression: Number one rare but possible side effect of alfa-interferons for melanoma is severe depression, designated by the fda as a "blackbox warning". Other more rare side effects are worsening or "flares" of pre-existing auto-immune diseases. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more


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How effective are interferon alfa-2b injections for treating melanoma?

How effective are interferon alfa-2b injections for treating melanoma?

Moderate: Alfa interferon was introduced to help control metastatic melanoma. The dose however is extremely high and given over a several week period of time. With the introduction of the checkpoint inhibitors such as anti CTLA4 and the PD-1s along with the interleukins there is better control being employed than with the interferons which do help in expressing the tumor protein more effectively. ...Read more

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What is benefit of interferon?

See below: Interferon-beta1a, when used in the treatment of relapsing-remitting MS has been show to reduce the annualized relapse frequency, reduce disease progression and improve quality of life. ...Read more

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What is interferon used to treat?

Interferon(s): Are used alone or in combination with other drugs to treat different diseases. Multiple sclerosis and hepatitis C are examples of such diseases ...Read more

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What to avoid while using interferon?

Drugs: Clearly any thing that would cause furtehr damage to theliver-alcohol being the prime thing. Nausea and vomiting are side effects so should limit any food that cuses this in you. ...Read more

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What is interferon used for in medicine?

What is interferon used for in medicine?

Interferon(s): Are used alone or in combination with other drugs to treat different diseases. Multiple sclerosis and hepatitis C are examples of such diseases ...Read more

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Are interferon and peg-interferon different?

PEG interferone: Peg (pegylated) interferon is a long acting interferon, used to treat hepatitis b and c. Interferons are proteins released in the body in response to viral infections. Interferons are important for fighting viruses in the body, for regulating reproduction of cells, and for regulating the immune system. ...Read more

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What is a melanoma?

What is a melanoma?

A type of skin cance: Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that arises from the pigmented cells (melanocytes) in the skin. In general, it is more malignant than the other two common skin cancer types (basal cell and squamous cell), but early melanoma has a good prognosis. Look online for the abcde for diagnosing melanoma. If you have a suspicious mole - have it checked out by a deramatologist. It could save your life! ...Read more

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How is melanoma diagnosed?

How is melanoma diagnosed?

Learn your ABCD's: Definitive diagnosis is made by biopsy. Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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What exactly is a melanoma?

Cancer of melanocyte: Melanoma is cancer of melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the body that contains melanocytes. ...Read more

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Interferon (Definition)

Interferons are a diverse group of proteins that belong to a class of glycoproteins known as cytokines. Interferons were first discovered for their ability to block viral replication within host cells. They also have been found to activate immune cells for many disease processes. There are several classes of interferons, types i, ii and iii, depending on ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more