In Conversation With … Dr Arvind Pillai, Consultant Haematologist, The Countess of Chester Hospital, who talks to Nona about Interferon. Nona starts by asking Dr Pillai what it is and how effective it is for treating MPNs. Dr Pillai explains that Interferon used as a treatment, is a manmade copy of the interferon which is naturally produced in our bodies by our immune system. He then goes on to talk about how it is used to treat ET and PV, particularly for patients under the age of 60 and that it is a safe option during pregnancy and for those wishing to conceive. It can also be used by people over the age of 60, particularly those who have shown a poor response to other treatments. He also explains about the different slow and fast acting Interferons and how he starts his patients on a low dose, titrating up to achieve a good response, with many patients no longer requiring a weekly dose. He also tells Nona that he is very excited about the development of new treatments and the options that will be available in the future to treat MPN patients.
Click here to view the vlogcast.
We hope that you enjoyed this conversation, please send feedback and any questions to email@example.com. If you have any suggestions for future conversations please let us know.
We would like to thank Dr Pillai for taking part in this conversation with Nona.
Donate to MPN Voice – MPN Voice would not exist without donations, fundraising and grants, we are kindly asking everyone to be as generous as they can to help us support our ongoing projects supporting the MPN patient and healthcare communities. We would be very grateful for your support with a donation to MPN Voice which you can make via the MPN Voice JustGiving page, thank you.