Definition of ponatinib hydrochloride

ponatinib hydrochloride

(poh-NA-tih-nib HY-droh-KLOR-ide)
A drug used to treat adults with certain types of chronic myelogenous leukemia or Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It is used in patients whose cancer has the T315I mutation or whose cancer cannot be treated with other tyrosine kinase inhibitors. It is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. Ponatinib hydrochloride blocks BCR-ABL and other proteins, which may help keep cancer cells from growing and may kill them. It may also prevent the growth of new blood vessels that tumors need to grow. Ponatinib hydrochloride is a type of tyrosine kinase inhibitor and a type of antiangiogenesis agent. Also called Iclusig.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms