Imatinib is a targeted therapy. It is used to treat some types of leukaemia, blood disorders and cancers. It is best to read this with our information about the type of cancer you have.
Imatinib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI). Tyrosine kinases are proteins in the body that control how cells grow and divide. Imatinib blocks (inhibits) signals in the cancer cells that make them grow and divide. Blocking the signals causes the cells to die.