My fiance and I are having a terrible time making the decision of what treatment he should choose. Just a bit of background information, we're both 28 years old, got engaged at the end of October, bought and moved into our first home on New Years Eve, then found out he had cancer two weeks later. 8 years ago (age 18) he had surgery to remove a very thin melanoma from his upper left calf. January 12,2006 he was at his dermatoligst getting his biyearly checkup celebrating the fact that he was at his 8 year cancer free anniversary. He had a freckle removed which turned out to be benign, but that very same night he noticed a golf size ball growth near his groin. He knew to freak out b/c the dermatologist always checks his lymph nodes. We were told from many a doctor the chances were 1 in 10,000 that it would be cancer, sure enough, it was freaking cancer.
Anyway sorry to be so longwinded but 2/8 he had 13 of his lymph nodes removed and thankfully only one of them turned out to be cancerous. Now we're faced with the option of how to continue his treatment: standard interferon treatment OR a clinical trial that consists of an intense treamtment of biochemotherapy. To be exact the protocol # is W-00-0396-FB at Beth Israel under the care of Dr. Michael B. Atkins, consisting of a combination of cisplatin, vinblastine, DTIC, interferon alpha 2-b, G-CSF and interleukin-2 (IL-2). We have had a couple of dr.'s recommend the trial, but a couple have not. Obviously we want to do what's best so that the cancer does not come back. Yet we also want to know about side effects of both interferon, and if anyone is familiar with the clinical trial I've described, we'd both be so appreciative. Thank you at least for reading my message and my sincerest thanks if you have any advice/replies.