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Last updated: 06 May 2020
Published: 01 Apr 2021

4.1 Therapeutic indications

Treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

Risk factors associated with decreased response rates and median survival are:

- A performance status of ECOG*) 1 or greater

- More than one organ with metastatic disease sites

- A period of < 24 months between initial diagnosis of primary tumour and the date the patient is evaluated for Proleukin treatment.

*) ECOG (Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group) performance status: 0 = normal activity, 1 = symptoms but ambulatory; 2 = in bed less than 50% of time; 3 = in bed more than 50% of time, limited self-care; 4 = completely disabled, no self-care.

Response rates and median survival decrease with the number of risk factors present. Patients positive for all three risk factors should not be treated with Proleukin.

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