Imatinib mesylate. Definition

Medical Definition: Imatinib mesylate

A drug used to treat different types of leukemia and other blood cancers, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, skin tumors called dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, and a rare condition called systemic mastocytosis. Is also being studied for treating other cancers. Imatinib mesylate blocks the protein made by the oncogene bcr / abl. Is a type of tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Also called Gleevec and STI571.

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