The FDA recently approved Gleevec for the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia. Gleevec was 16 years in the making and doesn't come cheapcosting up to $2,400 a month, although the manufacturer offers a sliding scale on the price in proportion to patients' income levels. Scientists report that the Novartis drug also seems to work for a cancer known as GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumor). Though both cancers are rare, researchers hope to develop similar drugsthat kill cancer cells while sparing healthy onesfor many other cancers.
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