Asparaginase (Injection Route)Drug Information provided by: Micromedex
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Asparaginase belongs to the group of medicines known as enzymes. It is used to treat some kinds of cancer of the blood. It may also be used to treat other kinds of cancer, as determined by your doctor.
All cells need a chemical called asparagine to stay alive. Normal cells can make this chemical for themselves, while cancer cells cannot. Asparaginase breaks down asparagine in the body. Since the cancer cells cannot make more asparagine, they die.
Before you begin treatment with asparaginase, you and your doctor should talk about the good this medicine will do as well as the risks of using it.
Asparaginase is to be administered only by or under the supervision of your doctor.
Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, asparaginase is used in certain patients with the following condition:
- Cancer of the lymph system (certain types)