CSN Login
Members Online: 12

Treating CML with Interferon and ARA C

gheart
Posts: 3
Joined: Feb 2001

I'm newly diagnosed with CML (three weeks ago.)It's been suggested to consider Interferon combined with (ARA C?) STI-571 (Glivec is due out this Fall) I was wondering about the early side effects of starting on Interferon, and/or what others that have been recently diagnosed have decided to do. (ie. Start on Interferon or wait until STI-571 (Glivec) becomes available???) Thanks for your assistance and personal experiences.

pmtpa
Posts: 3
Joined: Sep 2000

I have a friend who has been treated with Interferon & ARA-c for CML. I will ask her if she will contact you and tell you her opinion on the treatment. She has been in a clinical trial, and was recently put on the ST1-571 in the clinical trial. She is now doing so much better! I hope you are able to go on that new medicine in Aug.. It seems like wonderful stuff. I can't advise you on whether to start treatment or not, as I am a survivor of a different kind of leukemia, and had different treatment. I suppose a lot would depend on whether you could benefit from it right now, and if it is safer to be on the Interferon or not on anything, and whether you would become worse by not doing anything.
I would be happy if you replied, if you feel yuo'd like to.

gheart
Posts: 3
Joined: Feb 2001

Thanks for your reply. I just missed getting into the Glivec trial by two weeks! Would love to hear from your friend as to his/her experience. My email address is gheart71@aol.com. Thanks again. wayne

gheart
Posts: 3
Joined: Feb 2001

Wht "Thank you" for your thoughts. I've decided to wait until Glivec becomes available. I understand that it should be approved in June/July and available shortly thereafter.

geraldine
Posts: 2
Joined: Mar 2001

My husband recently had a stem cell transplant. The latest news we heard is that Glivec is due out in June. Good luck with your decision.

Subscribe with RSS
About Cancer Society

The content on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions.

Copyright 2000-2014 © Cancer Survivors Network