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Diabetes,diagnosed with leukemia, on wepox. Will Imitinef mercilet cure cancer?

my uncle age 70 years has been diagnosed with lukemia. we are giving him wepox 0000 every week so that his wbc and rbc levels are maintained. his hameoglobin is around 8. he is diabetic i have just heard about Imitinef Mercilet drug which cures blood cancer . wanted to know can this drug be given to him and are there any side effects of the same?
Asked On : Thu, 19 Jul 2012
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 Imatinib is a drug used to treat certain types of cancer.Imatinib works by blocking an abnormal enzyme characteristic of the disease.Imatinib is the first approved drug to directly turn off the signal of a protein known to cause a cancer. Imatinib is rapidly absorbed when given by mouth, and is highly bioavailable: 98% of an oral dose reaches the bloodstream. Metabolism of imatinib occurs in the liver .Although the long-term side effects of imatinib have not yet been ascertained, research suggests that it is generally very well tolerated. Broadly, side effects such as edema, nausea, rash and musculoskeletal pain are common but mild.Rarely it has been assosciated with damage to heart muscles. 
However you must talk to your treating oncologist and discuss with him the use of this drug.Please dont give thus drug without the advise of your doctor.
Your grating oncologist knows best what is to be done to your father under present situation.
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