Phase I trial of 40-kd branched pegylated interferon alfa-2a for patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
PEG-IFN is a modified form of IFNalpha2a with distinct pharmacokinetic advantages and immunomodulatory and antitumor activity for patients with advanced RCC. A dose of 450 microg/wk by subcutaneous administration was determined as a suitable dose for further study. PEG-IFN is more convenient to administer than IFNalpha and has potential for increased efficacy, less toxicity, or both. The efficacy and toxicity of PEG-IFN will be further assessed in clinical trials and compared with IFNalpha.