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kidney cancer treatment - help

Help! A family member was diagnosed with kidney cancer that spread to his lungs. They were able to get some of it off of his lungs and remove a kidney but they cant do radiation or chemo. Theyare talking about doing il-2 treatments to kill the cancer. Has anyone else had this? What is the success rate? So far its not looking good. Please help! Crying or Very sad
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replied February 16th, 2018
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Interleukin 2 (IL-2) is the only systemic treatment currently available that is capable of curing patients with metastatic renal cell cancer (RCC).

A retrospective study of 88 patients from 1 such center, reports that 60% of patients were still alive at 2 years, and 4 patients (4.5%) had a complete response after treatment with only (High dose IL-2) HDIL-2.

The study followed a cohort of 88 patients with mRCC who received 1 cycle or more of HDIL-2 therapy.

It found that the median progression-free survival (PFS) was 8.6 months.

Overall survival (OS) for the cohort was prolonged to 35.5 months.

The median duration for patients who achieved stable disease on HDIL-2 treatment was 24.2 months.

I hope this helps.


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