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Interferon-α: Its Current Clinical Utility and Future Perspectives

  • H. Heimpel
  • M. Schmid
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Interferons are a diverse group of proteins exhibiting a multiplicity of effects on many regulatory cells of the immune system. Of these, interferon-α(IFN-α) enjoys the widest clinical use. In previous chapters, its efficacy in a variety of viral, immunological, and neoplastic disorders has been discussed in detail. In this concluding chapter, we wish to summarize its clinical utility, i.e., the benefit to patients of treatment with IFN-α, and to give a short look forward to future developments.


Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Polycythemia Vera Essential Thrombocythemia Hairy Cell Leukemia 
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