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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Interleucina 2 humana genotecnológica

Recombinant human interleukin-2 (ree-KOM-bih-nunt HYOO-mun in-ter-LOO-kin)
A drug used to treat some types of cancer. It is a form of interleukin-2, a cytokine made by leukocytes (white blood cells), that is made in the laboratory. Recombinant human interleukin-2 increases the activity and growth of white blood cells called T lymphocytes and B lymphocytes. It is a type of biological response modifier. Also called aldesleukin and Proleukin.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.