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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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    January 27, 2016

    A generic for cancer med Gleevec (imatinib mesylate) has been approved, and will be available soon. Gleevec is used to treat multiple types of cancener, including chronic myeloid leukemia.

    Chronic myeloid leukemia or CML is a rare blood-cell cancer that begins in the bone marrow, and causes your body to produce too many white blood cells. CML typically occurs in adults but it can (very rarely) affect young children. See More

  • What is Targeted Chemotherapy?

    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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  • Five Drugs that Changed Healthcare

    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

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Popular Leukemia Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Corticosteroids 5 See Prices
Antifolates 41 See Prices
Corticosteroids 20 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.

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