Razelle Kurzrock, MD | Authors

Biologic Therapy: Interferons, Interleukin-2, and Adoptive Cellular Immunotherapy

April 02, 2005

Biologic therapy for cancer may be defined as the use of compounds, or their derivatives, that can be found within the body to treat malignancy. The recent era of biologic therapy began with the identification and isolation of interferon (IFN)[1] and has been expanded with interleukin-2 (IL-2, aldesleukin [Proleukin]), the hematopoietic growth factors, and the retinoids.

Biologic Therapy: Hematopoietic Growth Factors, Retinoids, and Monoclonal Antibodies

April 02, 2005

Biologic therapies are an increasingly important part of cancer treatment. In this chapter, we review the current status of studies of colony-stimulating factors (CSFs), erythropoietin (Epogen, Procrit), thrombopoietin, the retinoids, and monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs). The interferons, interleukin-2 (IL-2, aldesleukin [Proleukin]), and adoptive cellular immunotherapy are discussed in a separate chapter.

rhIL-11 for the Prevention of Dose-Limiting Chemotherapy-Induced Thrombocytopenia

September 01, 2000

In order to derive maximum benefit from treatment with chemotherapeutic agents, adherence to the established chemotherapy dose and schedule is imperative.