recombinant interferon alpha-2b

Definition of recombinant interferon alfa-2b

recombinant interferon alfa-2b

(ree-KOM-bih-nunt in-ter-FEER-on AL-fuh …)
A drug used alone or with other drugs to treat adults with AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma, hairy cell leukemia, certain types of follicular lymphoma or melanoma, genital warts or perianal warts, or chronic hepatitis B or C. It is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer and other conditions. Recombinant interferon alfa-2b is a form of interferon alfa (a substance normally made by cells in the immune system) that is made in the laboratory. It is a type of cytokine and a type of immunomodulating agent. Also called IFN alpha-2B, interferon alfa-2b, and Intron A.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms