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Can Older Adults Use Gleevec?Gleevec can be used in older adults. In clinical studies, older adults had a higher risk for developing edema (swelling due to retention of body fluids). Therefore, older adults may need more careful monitoring during treatment.
Off-Label Gleevec UsesOn occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Gleevec may be used off-label to treat the following conditions:
- Liver cancer
- Uterine cancer (endometrial cancer)
- Other bone marrow and blood disorders, such as polycythemia vera and myelofibrosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
Studies have looked at using Gleevec for the treatment of other types of cancer, including thyroid, ovarian, and prostate cancer. Based on study results, it appears to be ineffective for ovarian and prostate cancer. Studies in thyroid cancer are ongoing.