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Can interleukins treat cancer?

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Interleukins are a type of cytokine, a molecule produced by some immune cells to control the growth and activity of other immune cells. A man-made version of an interleukin called IL-2 is approved to treat advanced kidney cancer and metastatic melanoma. Researchers are studying others.

From: Types of Immunotherapy WebMD Medical Reference

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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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