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Screening patients for autoantibodies against interferons could help predict which patients are more likely to become very sick.
After being melanoma-free for five years in 2000, McGowan began a 4,250-mile adventure from Oregon to the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia.
Whether such recurrence is less likely after interferon treatment remains the source of some controversy in the hep C research community.
“Truly, I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for clinical trials,” she says.
The link between the older interferon treatment and these cancers may be related to the drug’s low hep C cure rate.
Dr. Krim led research on interferon and advocated for treatment access.
Any previous apparent link between direct-acting antivirals, compared with interferon, and liver cancer was likely driven by other factors.
But curing hepatitis C does lower the risk of liver cancer.
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