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Certain types of cancer can be treated with Gleevec, including dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, leukemia, and a certain kind of gastrointestinal tumor. This drug comes in the form of a tablet and is available in two different strengths. It is taken once or twice a day with food and a large glass of water. Common side effects include diarrhea, nausea, and fatigue.
What Is Gleevec?Gleevec® (imatinib mesylate) is a prescription medication that contains imatinib mesylate, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors are a class of chemotherapy medicines. Gleevec is approved for the treatment of certain types of cancer, including:
- Leukemia and other cancers of the blood and bone marrow
- Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST, a cancer of the digestive tract)
- A rare type of skin cancer known as dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans.