Treating certain types of leukemia, certain bone marrow diseases, a certain type of skin cancer, and certain intestinal tumors (eg, gastrointestinal stromal tumors [GIST]). It may also be used to prevent cancer from growing in patients after surgical removal of GIST. It is also used to treat mastocytosis (a buildup of large amounts of mast cells in certain parts of the body) or hypereosinophilic syndrome (a buildup of large amounts of eosinophils in the body). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Gleevec is a protein-tyrosine kinase inhibitor. It works by preventing the growth of cancer cells.
Gleevec is a drug that interferes with cancer cell growth and is used for the treatment of certain types of leukemia, skin cancer, bone marrow disorders, and some tumors. Gleevec is part of the kinase inhibitors drug class. It may be used in combination with other medications depending on the medical condition it is treating. Gleevec selectively targets cancer cells, rendering it safer to administer compared to other chemotherapeutic drugs.