Cancer

Blood Cancer Cure - an Urban Legend

Written by
Dr. Bharat Patodiya
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Oct 03, 2016 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2019   -  1 min read

Abstract

Abstract

Numerous messages are being circulated in social media about the drug Imatinib, which is said to cure blood cancer. Is it a fact or a myth?

Blood Cancer Cure - an Urban Legend

One of the common health related message circulating in different social media mentions that blood cancer cure has been found and it is a simple tablet.

These messages often are accompanied by some address where it is claimed and that the drug is available free of cost. Such a message is nothing, but nuisance both from patient and physician perspective.

Role of Imatinib

Blood cancer is of various types and one of which is CML that is chronic myeloid leukemia. It is treatable with the drug Imatinib and similar drugs in that class, but is not curable. The patient requires regular follow ups and investigations. Moreover, not 100% percent cases respond to it. The drug is also utilized in a few other types of cancers and leukemia. The drug is often available at subsidized rates at a few cancer institutes.

Erroneous Information

The downside of such message creates an unrealistic expectation among patients when they are told that it is not curable with this drug. We have even seen that a few people do not trust doctors. Instead, they go to the center mentioned in the message to confirm and I am not saying that those institutes are the origin of these messages. However, it does not change the reality. Patients with other types of blood cancers also keep asking about this drug, as they believe that it can cure them.

So, the next time you receive another such message kindly correct the facts on the group or at least do not forward it further. Do your part to stop this.

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Last reviewed at:
07 Sep 2019  -  1 min read

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