Providence Immunotherapy Program
Providence Immunotherapy Program is the largest in Oregon and among the top 5 nationwide, offering high-dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) immunotherapy to patients with metastatic kidney cancer and metastatic melanoma. Interleukin-2 immunotherapy is an FDA-approved treatment that stimulates a patient’s own immune system to better target and destroy cancer cells.
Providence Immunotherapy Program is part of the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center in the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute at Providence Cancer Center on the campus of Providence Portland Medical Center. We are among the busiest high-dose IL-2 centers in the nation, with more than 100 admissions for this therapy every year.
In addition to providing high-dose IL-2 treatment, we offer innovative clinical research trials. Clinical trials available to patients may include cancer vaccines, novel chemotherapy approaches and new medicines to stimulate the immune system, including cell-based and cytokine-based immunotherapy medicines. We provide personal service and support to cancer patients in the state-of-the-art Providence Cancer Center on the campus of Providence Portland Medical Center.
The two pieces of work cover two of the major efforts we have going on here … we’re always trying to think about the biology of cancer and the immune system,” said Dr. Walter Urba, M.D., Ph. D.