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View in Spanish: Interferón alfa 2b recombinante

Recombinant interferon alfa-2b (ree-KOM-bih-nunt in-ter-FEER-on AL-fuh…)
A drug used to treat some infections caused by viruses and several types of cancer. These include hairy cell leukemia, melanoma, and follicular lymphoma. It is a form of interferon alfa (a substance normally made by cells of the immune system) that is made in the laboratory. It is a type of biological response modifier. Also called IFN alpha-2B, interferon alfa-2b, and Intron A.

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