What to Know About Biologic Therapy for Leukemia
Biologic therapy, sometimes called immunotherapy, may be used to make the body's own immune system fight cancer.
Biologic therapy is a type of treatment that works with your immune system. It is not used for all types of leukemia. It is used mainly for some cases of CML. The drug most often used is called interferon. It was once the most common treatment for CML, but newer targeted drugs have been shown to be better in most cases. Interferon may be used if targeted drugs aren't effective.
How You Take Biologic Therapy to Treat Leukemia
You may have biologic therapy from months to years. You'll most likely get an injection each day under the skin. You can have this done as an outpatient.
Common Side Effects After Biologic Therapy for Leukemia
Side effects from this therapy can be severe. But they often improve after the treatment ends. Here are possible side effects of this therapy. Ask your doctor which ones you are most likely to have.