Cancer Home > What Is Aldesleukin Used For?
If you have melanoma or renal cell carcinoma that has spread to other areas of the body, your healthcare provider may prescribe aldesleukin. This medicine works by increasing production of certain white blood cells in the body, which may help the body to fight off cancer cells. Aldesleukin may also be prescribed for unapproved ("off-label") uses, such as treating colorectal cancer or HIV.
An Overview of Uses for AldesleukinAldesleukin (Proleukin®) is a prescription anticancer medication. It is sometimes referred to as interleukin-2, or IL-2. Aldesleukin is approved to treat the following types of cancer:
Using Aldesleukin for Metastatic Renal Cell CarcinomaRenal cell carcinoma (RCC) occurs when cancer cells develop in the lining of small tubes (called tubules) in the kidneys. Although there are other types of kidney cancer, RCC is the most common.
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Being male
- Being obese
- Undergoing long-term dialysis
- Having certain hereditary kidney conditions.