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Will taking " Imitinef Mercilet" be safe for cancer?

Hello Doctor, One of my friend's son is having blood cancer, but unfortunately was not able to identify which type of it. I would like to know whether the drug named, "Imitinef Mercilet" will be useful in curing blood cancer. I am asking this because, I got a mail which says that the above said medicine will cure blood cancer and it is available free of cost in "Adayar Cancer Institute", Chennai, India.

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Ninzo Thomas, Oman
Fri, 23 May 2014
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Very sad to hear about your friend's son.
You have not mentioned the type of blood cancer which the patient suffers from. Imitinef Mercilet is Imatinib Mesylate and is used in the treatment of the following blood cancers:
1. Chronic Myeloid Leukemia CML with philidelphia chromosome positive
2. Myelodysplastic / Myeloproliferative with PDGFR gene re-arrangement
3. Relapsed or refractory Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with philadelphia chromosome positive

Amongst the above mentioned blood cancers, best response is observed in CML. Its sends the disease in remission in CML but does not cure it. Only option for cure in CML is bone marrow transplant.
I hope your query has been answered. If you repeat your question mentioning the blood cancer type, I would be able to advise you better.
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