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If you don't have the gene to use gleevec, (imatinib) will the drug help at all?
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Emily Lu
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Gleevec (imatinib) is a targeted cancer therapy, which means that it is only effective against cancer cells with a particular genetic mutation.
It will not be effective against cancer cells without the mutation.

In brief: No
Gleevec (imatinib) is a targeted cancer therapy, which means that it is only effective against cancer cells with a particular genetic mutation.
It will not be effective against cancer cells without the mutation.
Emily Lu
Emily Lu
Answer assisted by Emily Lu, Medical Student
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: Some exceptions
There are a very few number of patients who benefit from Gleevec (imatinib) that have other, rarer mutations of associated genes.
Talk to your oncologist about your particular case.

In brief: Some exceptions
There are a very few number of patients who benefit from Gleevec (imatinib) that have other, rarer mutations of associated genes.
Talk to your oncologist about your particular case.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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