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View in Spanish: RhIL-11

A drug used to increase the number of blood cells, especially platelets, in some cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. rhIL-11 is a form of interleukin-11 (a cytokine normally made by support cells in the bone marrow) that is made in the laboratory. It is a type of biological response modifier. Also called Neumega, oprelvekin, and recombinant human interleukin-11.

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