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How is low-dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) therapy for kidney cancer given?

Low-dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) treatment for kidney cancer patients involves the following:
  • Therapy will consist of low-dose subcutaneous injections (shot under the skin) of IL-2 given once daily Monday through Friday for six weeks.
  • The dose of IL-2 during the first week of therapy will be higher than the following five weeks.
  • This therapy will be given on an outpatient basis.
  • 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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