Long-term biopsychosocial effects of interleukin-2 therapy.
This three-year project evaluates the biopsychosocial effects of interleukin-2 (IL-2) therapy on the first 45 patients treated with the therapy at the Moses Division of the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, starting in April 1986. Therapy with IL-2 and lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cells is a promising new development but requires an extensive amount of supportive care. Various important issues must be considered in planning the care of patients being treated with IL-2, including the effects of the treatment on quality of life, the cost of resources necessary for providing therapy, and the emotional effects of treatments. The instruments used to measure the various aspects of quality of life were the Sickness Impact Profile, the Inventory of Current Concerns, the Symptom Distress Scale, the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation Scale, and the Therapeutic Intervention Scoring System. The researchers believe that, in addition to tumor response, the biopsychosocial and financial effects of treatment should be understood.
Jackson, BS; Strauman, J; Frederickson, K; Strauman, TJ
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