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When used for treating acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), clofarabine (Clolar®) works to slow down the progression of the cancer by interfering with the replication process of DNA. This prescription chemotherapy drug is specifically approved for use in children and young adults (age 1 to 21), and is reserved for use after at least two other types of treatment have failed.
Although clofarabine may help in cancer treatment, not everyone can use this medication. Information on clofarabine should be discussed with your healthcare provider before starting treatment to minimize your risk for certain complications. For instance, people who have problems with their kidneys or liver may not be able to safely use this medicine.
Clofarabine is given as a slow injection (an intravenous, or IV, injection) daily for five days in a row every two to six weeks. Most people who receive this medicine will develop some type of side effect, such as fever, nausea, or vomiting.
(Click Clofarabine for more information on this medication, including how it works, specific uses, and dosing tips on when and how it is administered.)
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