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The purpose of this research study is to determine the safety of IL-2 and the highest dose of this drug that can be given safely to people with chronic graft versus host disease (GVHD). Chronic GVHD is a medical condition that may occur after patients receive a bone marrow, stem cell or cord blood transplant. The donor's immune system may recognize their body (the host) as foreign and attempt to "reject" it. Traditional standard therapy to treat chronic GVHD is prednisone (steroids). Treatment options are limited, and it is thought that IL-2 may help to control chronic GVHD.
- IL-2 will be given daily through an injection under the skin for a period of 8 weeks. To determine the highest safest dose of IL-2, the dose participants receive will increase as lower doses are determined to be safe. There will be three dose levels.
- Participants will be seen periodically while they are receiving IL-2. Physical exams and blood tests will be performed weekly for the first two weeks and then every other week until week 8.
Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Dose Comparison, Endpoint Classification: Safety Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Graft Versus Host Disease
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:36:14-0400
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