Other names

Proleukin®, IL-2 (There may be other brand names for this medication)

How Will This Medicine be Administered?

Your medicine will be given intravenously (IV) through a central line, a temporary catheter (thin tube) inserted into your chest. You will be admitted to the hospital during administration so we can monitor you.

What Is It For?

This medication treats kidney cancer or melanoma (a type of skin cancer) that has spread to other parts of the body.

How Does IL-2 Work?

Aldesleukin is the synthetic (man-made) version of a protein the body makes called interleukin-2, or IL-2.

IL-2 is classified as a biologic therapy meaning that it uses the body’s immune system to change the way your body responds to cancer cells. The expectation is an increase in your body’s production of T-cells and NK (natural killer) cells – two types of white blood cells used to fight off infections, mutated cells, and anything your body determines is a foreign invader.

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