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Cancer Type: Hematologic, Leukemia - Acute Lymphoblastic (ALL)  Intent: Curative, Palliative
Regimen Category: Evidence-Informed
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    daSAtinib - PH+ ALL, with specific criteria
A - Regimen Name

DASA Regimen

Disease Site
Hematologic - Leukemia - Acute Lymphoblastic (ALL)


Regimen Category
Evidence-Informed :

Regimen is considered appropriate as part of the standard care of patients; meaningfully improves outcomes (survival, quality of life), tolerability or costs compared to alternatives (recommended by the Disease Site Team and national consensus body e.g. pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review, pCODR).  Recommendation is based on an appropriately conducted phase III clinical trial relevant to the Canadian context OR (where phase III trials are not feasible) an appropriately sized phase II trial. Regimens where one or more drugs are not approved by Health Canada for any indication will be identified under Rationale and Use.

Rationale and Uses
  • For use in Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL) in patients who are resistant or intolerant to prior therapy.
  • Approval was based on improvement in response rates; an overall survival benefit has not been demonstrated.
  • There is insufficient evidence to recommend use as maintenance therapy post-transplant.

Supplementary Public Funding
B - Drug Regimen

140 mg PO Daily
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C - Cycle Frequency


Until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

D - Premedication and Supportive Measures

Antiemetic Regimen:

Minimal – No routine prophylaxis; PRN recommended

Febrile Neutropenia Risk:


Other Supportive Care:

  • Patients should be tested for HBV infection prior to initiating treatment.  Carriers of HBV must be monitored for signs and symptoms of active HBV infection throughout therapy and for several months following termination of therapy.

Also refer to CCO Antiemetic Recommendations.

Electrolyte abnormalities should be corrected before starting dasatinib.

E - Dose Modifications

Doses should be modified according to the protocol by which the patient is being treated. The following recommendations have been adapted from clinical trials or product monographs and may be considered.

Dosage with toxicity

Dosage with Myelosuppression:


Blood Counts  (x 109/L)



ANC <0.5
Platelets <10

If related to leukemia (bone marrow biopsy), consider ↑ to 180 mg OD.  If unrelated:

  1. Hold until ANC ≥1 and platelets ≥20,
  2. Resume treatment at the original starting dose.
  3. Second episode: repeat step 1 and resume at a reduced dose of 100mg QD
  4. Third episode: repeat step 1 and resume at a reduced dose of 80 mg QD
  5. Fourth episode:  Discontinue

Dosage with non-hematologic toxicity:




Fluid retention

Any grade

Hold if appropriate until recovery and treat with diuretics or other supportive measures.

Pulmonary hypertension


Hold and investigate. Discontinue if confirmed.

Mucocutaneous skin reactions

Severe or any grade SJS

Discontinue (if no other etiology)

Other non-hematologic toxicity


Hold until recovery. Restart at a reduced dose if appropriate.  

Hepatic Impairment

Dasatinib has not been studied in hepatic impairment within the indicated dosing range.  Hepatic metabolism / excretion is significant; caution should be exercised and dose modification considered especially for moderate or severe hepatic impairment. 


Renal Impairment

Studies in renal impairment have not been conducted. Dasatinib is not excreted via the kidney to a significant extent and reduced dasatinib clearance is not expected.


Dosage in the Elderly

Patients aged 65 and older are more likely to experience commonly reported adverse events, such as diarrhea, fatigue, cough, dyspnea, fluid retention (including pericardial and pleural effusion), dizziness, pneumonia, hypertension, arrhythmia, heart failure, and gastrointestinal bleeding, as well as less frequently reported events such as pulmonary edema, lung infiltration, arthritis and urinary frequency. Monitor closely.

F - Adverse Effects

Refer to dasatinib drug monograph(s) for additional details of adverse effects

Common (25-49%)

Less common (10-24%)

Uncommon (< 10%),

but may be severe or life-threatening

  • Headache
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Infection (including atypical infections, HBV re-activation)
  • Diarrhea (may be severe)
  • Fatigue
  • Myelosuppression
  • Fluid retention (may be severe)
  • Cough, dyspnea
  • Rash (may be severe)
  • Hemorrhage (may be severe)
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Neuropathy
  • Abnormal electrolytes
  • Mucositis
  • Weight changes
  • Depression
  • Arrhythmia, prolonged QTc
  • Venous / arterial thromboembolism
  • Cardiotoxicity
  • Myocarditis, pericarditis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Pneumonitis, ARDS
  • Pancreatitis
  • Tumour lysis syndrome
  • PRES, seizure
  • Increased LFTs
  • Renal failure
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Pure red cell aplasia


G - Interactions

Refer to daSATinib drug monograph(s) for additional details

  • Dasatinib is primarily metabolized by CYP3A4 and is susceptible to interactions with inhibitors and inducers of this isoenzyme.
  • Avoid strong CYP3A4 inhibitors; if cannot be discontinued, consider a dasatinib dose reduction.
  • Avoid strong CYP3A4 inducers; if cannot be discontinued, caution and monitor for reduced efficacy.
  • Avoid CYP3A4 substrates with a narrow therapeutic index; dasatinib inhibits CYP3A4
  • Avoid use with other drugs that prolong the QT interval.
  • Avoid concomitant use with drugs that increase gastric pH; separate administration by at least 2 hours.
  • Caution and monitor for increased risk of bleeding with anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents.
H - Drug Administration and Special Precautions

Refer to daSATinib drug monograph(s) for additional details


  • Prescribed dose should be administered orally, swallowed whole with or without food once daily
  • Tablets should not be crushed or cut.
  • Antacids should be avoided; if required, they should be taken up to 2 hours before or 2 hours after the administration of dasatinib.
  • Avoid grapefruit, starfruit, Seville oranges, their juices or products during treatment.
  • If a dose is missed, skip this and give the next dose as scheduled. Do not double the dose to make up for the forgotten one.
  • Pregnant women should avoid exposure to crushed and/or broken tablets.
  • Store at room temperature (15°C to 30°C)




• Patients with hypersensitivity to dasatinib or its components



  • Contains lactose; carefully consider use in patients with hereditary galactose intolerance, severe lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption.
  • Consultation with a liver disease expert is recommended prior to starting dasatinib in chronic HBV carriers (including those with active disease), and for patients who test positive for HBV infection while on treatment
  • Avoid in patients with increased QTc or who are at risk (low potassium/magnesium, congenital QT prolongation, anti-arrhythmics, other QTc prolonging agents, prior anthracyclines).
  • Avoid concomitant use of warfarin or antiplatelet agents, especially with thrombocytopenia. Exercise caution in patients at risk of bleeding or who are taking concurrent anticoagulants, as dasatinib has been shown to inhibit platelet aggregation and increase bleeding time.
  • Caution in patients with hepatic impairment and cardiac risk factors.
  • Use with extreme caution when fluid loading/transfusing.

Pregnancy and lactation:

  • Highly effective contraception (<1% failure rate) should be used by both sexes during treatment and for at least 6 months after dasatinib cessation.
  • Breastfeeding is contraindicated


I - Recommended Clinical Monitoring

Treating physicians may decide to monitor more or less frequently for individual patients but should always consider recommendations from the product monograph.

Recommended Clinical Monitoring

  • CBC; baseline and weekly for the first 8 weeks of treatment, then monthly or as clinically indicated
  • ECG; Baseline and as clinically indicated
  • For carriers of HBV:  signs and symptoms of active HBV infection; At each visit during treatment and for several months after treatment discontinues
  • HBV infection status; Prior to starting treatment; consult infectious disease if positive
  • Liver and renal function tests (including electrolytes) and creatinine; baseline and every 2 weeks for the first 2 months, then monthly and as clinically indicated
  • LVEF evaluation, in patient with cardiac risk factors; Baseline and as clinically indicated
  • Clinical toxicity assessment for signs and symptoms of bleeding, infection, cardiotoxicity, muscle pain, rash, GI, pulmonary hypertension, pleural effusion, and fluid retention; At each visit
  • Grade toxicity using the current NCI-CTCAE (Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events) version

Suggested Clinical Monitoring

Consider LVEF evaluation in patients without cardiac risk factors.; Baseline and as clinically indicated

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J - Administrative Information

Outpatient prescription for home administration

K - References

Couban S, Savoie L, Mourad YA, et al. Evidence-based guidelines for the use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors in adults with Philadelphia chromosome-positive or BCR-ABL-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a Canadian consensus. Curr Oncol. 2014 Apr;21(2):e265-309.

Dasatinib drug monograph, Cancer Care Ontario.

Lilly MB, Ottmann OG, Shah NP, et al. Dasatinib 140 mg once daily versus 70 mg twice daily in patients with Ph-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia who failed imatinib: Results from a phase 3 study. Am J Hematol. 2010 Mar;85(3):164-70.

May 2019 Updated emetic risk category

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