Cancer Home > Leukemia Chemotherapy Drug Fludarabine
A healthcare provider may prescribe a medication called fludarabine phosphate (Fludara®) to treat a certain type of cancer in adults. Specifically, this chemotherapy drug is approved to treat B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia when the cancer has not responded to (or has progressed despite) other treatment.
Fludarabine may also be prescribed for off-label (unapproved) reasons, such as treating acute myeloid leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Fludarabine works to treat these forms of cancer by killing cancer cells. The medicine causes DNA damage, which interferes with the cells' ability to divide and multiply.