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    cohanja
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    http://www.kpho.com/story/19325366/new-melanoma-treatment-only-in-az

    I’m confused, I thought Interleukin 2 was considered an “old drug” for melanoma treatment, like interferon? Is this article just completely wrong?

    #56199
    wpatterson4
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    Coe-hawn-juh (sounded out, these handles we have are kind of funny),

    I was under the same impression, but I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that journalists seem to get it wrong FREQUENTLY when covering medical or scientific matters like this. Sounds like they’re covering a treatment that’s been around for a long time to me.

    It’s incredible that this woman has survived for nine years, although the story didn’t mention how long she’s had metastatic disease.

    #56200
    cohanja
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    And this part, also untrue?

    “At least five out of 100 people will have their melanoma disappear in its entirety,” Quan said. “And when that happens it is very rare that the melanoma ever returns.”

    someone should tell these story writers how wrong they’re getting this stuff. . .

    #56201
    wpatterson4
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    Actually, I have heard that six percent of interleukin-2 patients actually do recover completely from melanoma. I don’t know if that’s correct or not. Have you heard otherwise?

    #56202
    cohanja
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    Oh, then why is it “old” treatment ?

    #56203
    wpatterson4
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    http://skincancer.about.com/od/treatmentoptions/a/interleukin.htm

    Probably not the greatest source of info, but that page states that interleukin-2 was approved for use in 1998.

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