Recombinant interferon gamma in hairy cell leukemia, multiple myelome, and Waldestrom's macroglobulinemia

Department of Clinical Immunology and Biological Therapy, M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston.
American Journal of Hematology (Impact Factor: 3.8). 09/1988; 29(1):1-4. DOI: 10.1002/ajh.2830290102
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Fifteen patients with multiple myeloma, five with hairy cell leukemia, and five with Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia were treated with recombinant interferon gamma (rINF-gamma) to determine the antitumor activity of this agent. The rIFN-gamma was administered by daily intramuscular injection at doses ranging from 0.125 to 0.5 mg/m2. No responses were observed in patients with multiple myeloma, although in one patient the disease has remained stable for over 16 months. Minimal improvement in some hematologic indexes were observed in three of five patients with hairy cell leukemia. One partial remission and one minor response were documented in two of the five patients with Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia. In five patients, an increase in normal serum immunoglobulins was observed. These results suggest that there is only minimal activity of rIFN-gamma as a single agent in neoplasms of B-cell origin.

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