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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Interferon & Peginterferon Treatment

Courtney started her interferon treatment 3 weeks ago, and did have a few problems.  First, she was sick after every treatment and on the 2nd week she began having problems with her liver so they had to stop treatment for a week.  Yesterday they told us that her liver was back to normal and they resumed treatment today using 25% less.  So far she seems to be feeling good.  She has to take nausea meds around the clock and advil every 6 hours.  We will be leaving St. Jude next week... hopefully Wednesday.  We are both so happy to get back home.  I am glad that she will have a couple weeks of summer vacation left before she starts back to school on Aug 1st.  She will start the 2nd phase of her treatment on Monday... peginterferon.  She will receive 1 shot a week for 48 weeks.  We will come back to St. Jude once a month for a year, and then every 3 months for 2 years... every 6 months for 3 years... once a year for 5 years. 

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