recombinant human interleukin-2

Definition / meaning of recombinant human interleukin-2

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.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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