Idarubicin kills cancer cells by stopping
Why It Is Used
Idarubicin is one of the drugs used in
chemotherapy to treat
acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). AML causes blood
cells that are not normal to grow quickly. These bad cells crowd out your good
cells. Chemotherapy is used to destroy the abnormal blood cells and make room
for new, normal cells to grow.
How Well It Works
Idarubicin works well as part of the
chemotherapy for some people with AML. But how well it works may depend on how
far along your cancer is.
Side effects are common with idarubicin
and can include:
Cardiac problems, such
as an enlarged heart and irregular heartbeat.
Hair loss. Hair will
grow back when treatment ends.
Decreased platelet counts (thrombocytopenia), which may lead to bleeding in the digestive tract causing tarry stools. It may also cause bleeding under the skin, in the urine, or other places in the body.
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