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How effective are interferon alfa-2b injections for treating melanoma?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Moderate

Alfa interferon was introduced to help control metastatic melanoma.
The dose however is extremely high and given over a several week period of time. With the introduction of the checkpoint inhibitors such as anti CTLA4 and the PD-1s along with the interleukins there is better control being employed than with the interferons which do help in expressing the tumor protein more effectively.

In brief: Moderate

Alfa interferon was introduced to help control metastatic melanoma.
The dose however is extremely high and given over a several week period of time. With the introduction of the checkpoint inhibitors such as anti CTLA4 and the PD-1s along with the interleukins there is better control being employed than with the interferons which do help in expressing the tumor protein more effectively.
Dr. Myron Arlen
Dr. Myron Arlen
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