Interferon is a protein molecule that is naturally produced by the body's immune system to help fight infection and kill cancer cells in the body.
A synthetic form of interferon has been produced and is used to treat certain kinds of NHL and other forms of cancer. It is thought that interferon kills tumour cells directly and signals to the rest of the immune system to do the same.
Interferon can be given as a maintenance therapy to prolong the remission of patients previously treated with chemotherapy. However, due to the large number of associated side effects and the array of newer treatment options, interferon is not routinely used in the management of NHL.
Interferons: Visual Overview
Diagramattical example of cell process in Interferon therapy.