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Is glivec considered a chemotherapy treatment for cml?

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Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
No: More of a targeted therapy. Unlike chemotherapy which does not have a target, Gleevec or imatinib does have a target. It blocks a tyrosine kinase which prevents certain protein development needed for cancer growth. So more of what is called a biologic therapy. Hope this helps.
Dr. Beverly Drucker
Medical Oncology 27 years experience
Yes: Gleevec, otherwise known by its generic name imatinib, is considered a chemotherapy treatment for cml, and a highly successful one. It is sometimes referred to as targeted therapy, or biologic therapy, because it targets the classic mutation (alteration) in CML cancer cells that causes them to become cancer cells. Newer drugs that work similarly and in some cases better, are now also available.

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