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View in Spanish: Deferasirox

Deferasirox (deh-FER-uh-SEER-ox)
A drug used to treat too much iron in the blood caused by blood transfusions. It is being studied in the treatment of myelodysplastic syndromes (a group of diseases in which the bone marrow does not make enough healthy blood cells) and other conditions. Deferasirox binds to extra iron in the blood. The drug and the iron are passed from the body in urine. It is a type of chelating agent. Also called Exjade.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.