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Long-Term Pegylated Interferon Alfa-2b Therapy in Stage III,Melanoma Demonstrated Significant and Sustained Impact on,Relapse-Free Survival

een previously treated with interferon alpha and who are at least 18 years of age.


Interferon is a protein produced naturally by white blood cells that stimulates the growth of certain disease-fighting blood cells in the immune system. Pegylated interferon is a longer-acting form of interferon. It is made by attaching an inert molecule called polyethylene glycol, or PEG, to the alpha interferon molecule. This process increases the size of the interferon so it is eliminated from the body more slowly. Pegylation allows for once-weekly dosing rather than the three-times-weekly dosing required for standard interferon.
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