I’ve now had 200 million units of interferon dripped into my bloodstream and, so far, I’ve avoided most of its notorious side-effects. That’s an answer to prayer. The interferon is a genetically engineered drug that is supposed to supercharge the T cells (specialized white blood cells) in my body so they can do a better job of identifying and destroying any cancer cells that may be present. Unlike chemotherapy, which directly poisons all rapidly dividing cells in the body (most notably cancer), immunotherapy works indirectly through the immune system, and lets the body’s natural defenses do the work.
So it appears the INF has given those T cells a kick in the butt without kicking mine too badly. I’m fortunate to have come through this first week in such good shape. As of this moment, I have a slight headache but no other symptoms. Now I get a break for the weekend, and then resume treatments on Monday. Thanks for visiting this blog. I appreciate all the comments that have been posted. I’m not sure how long I can sustain this level of dialogue, but it’s been a lifeline this first week.