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Fludara® (fludarabine phosphate) is a medication approved to treat B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a type of cancer that affects bone marrow and certain blood cells. Fludara works to treat this cancer by preventing DNA from replicating, which is necessary for cancer cells to divide. Because DNA must replicate to divide, Fludara slows down the growth of cancer cells and may even cause the cancer cells to die.
 
There may also be times when a healthcare provider may prescribe Fludara to treat other conditions, such as acute myeloid leukemia or non-Hodgkin's leukemia; however, these are unapproved ("off-label") uses for the medication.
 
(For more details on using this anticancer drug to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia, click Fludara Uses. This full-length article also explains whether the medication is safe for use in children.)
 
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