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Can interferons treat cancer?

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Interferons are a type of cytokine that can change the way your immune system works. An interferon called INF-alfa is used to treat cancers, including:

  • Hairy cell leukemia
  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
  • Follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Cutaneous (skin) T-cell lymphoma
  • Kidney cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Kaposi sarcoma

From: Types of Immunotherapy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Cancer Vaccines,” “Immune checkpoint inhibitors to treat cancer,” “Monoclonal antibodies to treat cancer,” “Non-specific cancer immunotherapies and adjuvants,” “What is cancer immunotherapy?” “What’s new in cancer immunotherapy research?”

National Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy.”

Mayo Clinic: “What cancers may be treated with monoclonal antibody drugs?”

Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal : “Adoptive T Cell Immunotherapy for Cancer.”

MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Immunotherapy.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 20, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Cancer Vaccines,” “Immune checkpoint inhibitors to treat cancer,” “Monoclonal antibodies to treat cancer,” “Non-specific cancer immunotherapies and adjuvants,” “What is cancer immunotherapy?” “What’s new in cancer immunotherapy research?”

National Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy.”

Mayo Clinic: “What cancers may be treated with monoclonal antibody drugs?”

Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal : “Adoptive T Cell Immunotherapy for Cancer.”

MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Immunotherapy.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 20, 2019

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