How is Dasatinib Administered?
Dasatinib comes as a tablet, which is taken by mouth. You may take it with or without food.
What is it Used For?
Dasatinib is used for CML (chronic myeloid leukemia). It is also used for ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia) with a specific DNA mutation called the Philadelphia chromosome. Dasatinib may also be used for other leukemias or conditions if your physician feels it may be beneficial.
How Does it Work?
Dasatinib is a type of targeted therapy, rather than traditional chemotherapy. Specifically, it is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI).
Cancer is a group of diseases in which abnormal cells multiply without control. Traditional chemotherapy agents identify cancer cells by their rapid rate of multiplication– and then attack those cells. Unfortunately, it also attacks normal cells that multiply quickly. Targeted therapy identifies other differences between normal cells and cancer cells, and then uses that difference to attack the cancer cells, sparing the normal cells.
Dasatinib works by blocking the action of an abnormal protein that signals cancer cells to multiply.