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Forum > Chemotherapy: Maternal
Gleevec in Pregnancy

CCoPE
Date: 2003-10-22

Question:
I have a 24yr old female with CML who had been on Gleevec until she discovered she was pregnant 4 months ago. Her physician stopped the Gleevec but is now encountering problems in controlling her CML. He was wondering about the safety and dosing of interferon for CML in pregnancy. We have been able to find several case reports but would appreciate any insight into this situation.

Answer:
There does not appear to be any info re Gleevec. CCoPE would not suggest its use in a pregnant patient. You may wish to consider interferon as an alternative since there is growing data on its safety, according to some case reports. This drug is also discussed in the context of treatment for various types of cancer in the Cancer in Pregnancy section of this website. You may wish to use the search engine to find additional information about it.

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