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img_table6_Cyokines.pngCytokines help your immune system recognize and destroy cancer cells

How does it work?

  • Cytokines are messenger molecules that help control the growth and activity of immune system cells, as well as blood cells
  • Types of cytokines include interleukins (IL), which help immune cells grow and divide more quickly; and interferons (IFN), which boost the ability of certain immune cells to attack cancer cells

For which cancers is it currently being used or studied?

  • Kidney (IL-2, IFN-alpha)
  • Melanoma (IL-2, IFN-alpha)
  • Hairy cell leukemia (IFN-alpha)
  • Follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (IFN-alpha)
  • Cutaneous (skin) T cell lymphoma (IFN-alpha)
  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia (IFN-alpha)
  • Kaposi’s sarcoma (IFN-alpha)

*Immunotherapy results may vary from patient to patient.

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