What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow. There are different types of leukemia in which different cells are affected. Leukemia occurs when there is an increased number in white blood cells in the blood.

There is no cure for leukemia; however, there are medications that can prolong life. Common drug classes used to treat leukemia are alkylating drugs, antimetabolites, CD20 antibodies, CD33 cytotoxins, CD52 antibodies, human immunoglobulin Gs, interferon alphas, kinase inhibitors, nucleoside metabolic inhibitors, topoisomerase inhibitors, and vinca alkaloids.

Savings Tips for Leukemia

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    November 05, 2015

    This is where the treatment of cancer is going—along with the future of medicine. Targeted cancer therapies, also known as personalized medicine or precision medicine, are drugs that target a cancer’s specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that lead to the growth and spread of that cancer.

    Confused? Here are ten facts to help you sort it out.

    1. With targeted chemotherapy we use information about people’s genes and proteins to prevent, diagnose and treat disease.
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    June 03, 2015

    In the last decade, billions of dollars have been spent to develop hundreds of new prescription drugs. While some drugs may not necessarily save lives (a prescription for longer eyelashes, anyone?), a handful of drugs have literally stopped major diseases in their tracks. Imagine that just ten years ago a patient might not be alive months or years after a diagnosis, whereas today a simple pill can cure or prevent a deadly disease. See More

  • Iclusig Sales Suspended

    November 04, 2013

    The FDA has requested that the manufacturer of Iclusig, Ariad Pharmaceuticals, suspend marketing and sales of the leukemia treatment due to potentially life-threatening side effects.

    A recent investigation showed an increased frequency of blood clots and narrowing of blood vessels. About 24% of patients in one clinical trial and 48% of patients in another experienced serious, sometimes fatal or life-threatening adverse vascular events—this includes problems with blood flow, heart attack, and stroke. See More

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Popular Leukemia Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
prednisone Corticosteroids 5 See Prices
Antifolates 41 See Prices
Corticosteroids 25 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Leukemia Drug Classes

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