Interleukin-2 (IL-2) For the Treatment of Cancer
This is a biologic therapy given for the treatment of cancer.
How It Is Given
It is injected into a vein or under skin
Common Side Effects
- Day of treatment
- Skin reaction such as flushing of face and upper chest, this can last 7-10 days after the last dose
- Chronic (most symptoms lessen in 48 hours after drug is given)
- Decreased blood counts
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Fluid retention, weight gain and decreased urine output
- Dry, itching, flaking skin and rash
- Flu-like symptoms
- Low blood pressure
Less Common Side Effects
- Mouth sores
- Hair loss may occur, but is not permanent
- Visual changes (i.e. blurred vision or tearing of the eyes)
Call Your Health Care Provider if You Develop
- Fevers not controlled with acetaminophen (Tylenol®)
- Ankle swelling
- Unable to urinate
- Any severe symptoms
Let you health care provider know
- Please check with your health care provider before you take any medicines.
- Certain blood pressure medicines are not to be taken.
- Do not take aspirin, corticosteroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, (i.e. Advil, Motrin®, Naprosyn®, or Nuprin®).
- You may take acetaminophen (Tylenol®).
- Keep drug refrigerated until just before use.
- You may need to be taught to how to mix the drug and give yourself an injection.
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Last Updated: 09/30/2010
Reproduced with permission from the 1989-2007 United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc. Printed in 4/2007 by the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority, Department of Nursing, Madison WI. UWH#5567
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