Imatinib

Imatinib is an antineoplastic drug; that is, it is used to treat cancer. It is used for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), gastrointestinal tumors, chronic eosinophilic leukemia (CEL), and hypereosinophilic syndrome. Its common side effects include muscle pain, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea.

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I am under treatment for chronic myeloid leukemia. Please give your opinion on my report.

Query: Hello doctor, I need an opinion on BCR-ABL quantitative report. I am on Imatinib for chronic myeloid leukemia.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are no abnormal premature cells in CBC in the attached report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). So I presume that the hematological response is very good. However, I suggest further investigating the peripheral smear examination report to ...  Read Full »

Is skin whitening side effect of Gleevec permanent?

Query: Hi doctor, I have CML-CP. I am on Gleevec for the last one year. My query is about the skin whitening as it has turned too white. Will this side effect go away?  Read Full »


Dr. Prasad Eswaran

Hematologist, Medical Oncologist, Pain Medicine Physician, Radiotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Skin whitening is technically called hypopigmentation. This is the usual side effect of Gleevec (Imatinib) and usually harmless. Usually, it is reversible once the drug is stopped. However, evidences for stopping the drug are limited and no consensus exists on drug cessat...  Read Full »

From the attached investigations, kindly explain the condition of the patient.

Query: Hi doctor, The patient was admitted due to eight episodes of hematemesis, weight loss and loss of appetite since last six months. It was accompanied by bone pain, abdominal pain, abdominal distension, jaundice, vomiting, altered bowel habit, fever, shortness of breath, decrease urine output or al...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had undergone the patient's reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). First of all, the patient has a tear in esophageal mucosa because of which bleeding occurred. To prevent bleeding, I suggest vasoconstrictor agent, adrenaline injection in the mucos...  Read Full »

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