Cytokine therapy of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma: interferons, interleukin-12, and interleukin-2

Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2003 Dec;17(6):1435-48, ix. doi: 10.1016/s0889-8588(03)00109-6.


It is well accepted that cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCL), including mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome, represent lymphomas that are highly responsive to immune modifying agents. Furthermore, the recent emphasis on the use of cytokine-related therapeutics is based upon the exceedingly important role of the host immune response in effecting progression of disease. In this article we discuss the data that support the importance of the host immune response in the control of progression of CTCL and the role that cytokine therapy has in supporting the host immune response and the effects of this approach to induce regression of skin and systemic disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Clinical Trials, Phase I as Topic
  • Disease Progression
  • Humans
  • Immunologic Factors / adverse effects
  • Immunologic Factors / therapeutic use*
  • Interferons / adverse effects
  • Interferons / therapeutic use*
  • Interleukin-12 / therapeutic use*
  • Interleukin-2 / therapeutic use*
  • Lymphoma, T-Cell, Cutaneous / drug therapy*
  • Lymphoma, T-Cell, Cutaneous / immunology
  • Recombinant Proteins / therapeutic use
  • Skin Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Skin Neoplasms / immunology


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Immunologic Factors
  • Interleukin-2
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Interleukin-12
  • Interferons