Different biological response modifiers are currently being used against many different types of cancer.
Interferons have been used to treat:
Certain types of leukemia and lymphoma
Chronic hepatitis B and C
Interleukin-2 (IL-2) may be effective for kidney cancer and advanced melanoma.
Rituximab (Rituxan) is a monoclonal antibody. It is used to treat a type of lymphoma. This treatment is also used for rheumatoid arthritis that is not responding to other agents.
Other monoclonal antibody treatments include:
Abatacept (Orencia) for rheumatoid arthritis
Trastuzumab (Herceptin) for breast cancer
Anti-TNF therapy inhibits the production of tumor necrosis factor. It is one of the most effective treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and other inflammatory diseases when conventional drugs fail.
Anti-TNF medications include: