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How is high-dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) therapy for skin cancer administered?

High-dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) treatment for skin cancer patients involves the following:
  • Treatment with high-dose IL-2 therapy will require inpatient hospitalization.
  • One cycle of therapy will consist of treatment with IL-2 given in a vein every 8 hours for a maximum of 14 doses as tolerated. This will require a five- to seven-day stay in the hospital.
  • Following approximately 10 to 14 days of rest after discharge from the hospital, patients will be treated again with a second cycle of therapy.
  • These two cycles consist of one course of therapy.
  • Patients will be evaluated for response to therapy two to four weeks after completion of one course of therapy.
  • Additional courses of therapy may be offered dependent upon patient response and tolerance to treatment.

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