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.
 
(Click What Is Fludarabine Used For? to learn more about using this chemotherapy drug for leukemia treatment. This article also offers an expanded list of off-label uses for the medication.)
 
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Advertisement
Topics

Medications

Quicklinks

Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2019 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.