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Adults and children who have certain types of leukemia may receive a chemotherapy medicine called Vincasar PFS. This prescription drug is used for the treatment of various types of acute leukemia, which is a type of blood and bone marrow cancer that progresses rapidly without treatment. It works by interrupting how cancer cells multiply and divide.
Vincasar PFS® (vincristine sulfate) is a prescription chemotherapy medication approved to treat acute leukemia, a rapidly progressing cancer of the white blood cells. It is also approved for the treatment of several other types of cancer when used in combination with other anticancer medications.
Leukemia occurs when the bone marrow (the spongy center of most bones) produces abnormal blood cells. These abnormal blood cells crowd out normal, healthy blood cells, which can cause serious problems, such as infections, bleeding, and anemia.
There are many different types of leukemia. The most common are termed either acute or chronic based on how quickly the cancer progresses. Acute leukemia progresses rapidly without treatment, while chronic leukemia progresses slowly.
Acute leukemia can be further divided into two types based on the type of white blood cell involved. Acute lymphocytic leukemia affects lymphoid cells, while acute myelogenous leukemia affects myeloid cells. Vincasar PFS is used to treat any type of acute leukemia in adults and children.
(Click Types of Leukemia to learn more.)