Born April 16, New York, NY

His first bronze

Power Memorial Academy

"The #1 High School Team of The Century"
by National Sports Writers in May 2000
3 straight New York City Catholic championships
71-game winning streak


3 consecutive national championships
and Most Outstanding Player in
NCAA Tournament

1st pick
NBA Draft

NBA Rookie of the Year


1st NBA Championship

6-time NBA MVP

(1971-72, 1974, 1976-77, 1980)

19th NBA All-Star Retired at age 42


Diagnosed with Philadelphia chromosome-positive
chronic myeloid leukemia (Ph+ CML) in chronic phase

Founded the
Skyhook Foundation for
academic opportunity

Continued to monitor Ph+ CML
treatment and goals

Wrote and produced documentary
"On the Shoulders of Giants"

Wrote children's book
"What Color Is My World?:
The Lost History of
African-American Inventors"


Kareem's Ph+ CML treatment
journey in his own words

Kareem Abdul–Jabbar
is an actual patient on TASIGNA® (nilotinib)
and is compensated by Novartis

Named US Global Ambassador for the Department of State

Kareem's latest bronze!

Bronze statue unveiled outside Staples Center

Left Right

What's My Best Shot?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has faced many opponents on the court. But even one of basketball's most formidable all-stars can come up against an unexpected challenger. He can suddenly find himself in a game he's not sure he can win.


The Game Goes On

When Kareem started treatment for his Ph+ CML in chronic phase, he was ready to face it head on. But when it comes to cancer, things don’t always work out the way you plan. Like many people with Ph+ CML, Kareem had to work with his doctor to find the appropriate treatment for him over time. He had to take his own unique Ph+ CML journey.


What is the most important information to know about prescription TASIGNA?

TASIGNA can cause QT prolongation, a possible life-threatening heart problem. QT prolongation causes an irregular heartbeat, which may lead to sudden death. Call your doctor right away if you feel lightheaded, faint or have an irregular heartbeat while taking TASIGNA. These can be symptoms of QT prolongation.

Your doctor should check your heart with a test called an electrocardiogram (ECG):

  • Before starting TASIGNA
  • 7 days after starting TASIGNA
  • With any dose changes
  • Regularly during TASIGNA treatment
  • Do not take TASIGNA if you have long QTc syndrome or low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood
  • TASIGNA can interact with many medicines and supplements. This may increase your chance for serious and life-threatening side effects. Do not take any other medicine while taking TASIGNA unless your doctor tells you it is okay to do so
  • Food and grapefruit products increase the amount of TASIGNA in your body. This may increase your chance for serious and life-threatening side effects. Take TASIGNA on an empty stomach. Avoid eating food for at least 2 hours before the dose is taken, and avoid eating food for at least 1 hour after the dose is taken. Avoid grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and any supplement containing grapefruit extract while taking TASIGNA

Before taking TASIGNA, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • Have a heart disorder or are taking medication for the heart
  • Have had a stroke or other problems due to decreased blood flow to the brain
  • Have problems with decreased blood flow to your legs
  • Have an irregular heartbeat
  • Have QT prolongation or a family history of it
  • Have liver problems
  • Know that you suffer from low blood levels of electrolytes, such as potassium or magnesium
  • Have had a pancreas disorder known as pancreatitis
  • Have had a surgical procedure involving the removal of the entire stomach (total gastrectomy)
  • Are lactose-intolerant. The TASIGNA capsules contain lactose. Most patients who have mild or moderate lactose intolerance can take TASIGNA
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. TASIGNA may harm your unborn baby. Women should not become pregnant while taking TASIGNA. Talk to your health care provider right away if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if TASIGNA passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take TASIGNA or breastfeed. You should not do both

It is not known if TASIGNA is safe and effective in children.

TASIGNA may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Low blood counts: Low blood counts are common with TASIGNA. Your doctor will check your blood counts regularly during treatment with TASIGNA. Symptoms of low blood counts include:
    • Unexplained bleeding or bruising
    • Blood in urine or stool
    • Unexplained weakness
  • QT prolongation: Call your doctor right away if you feel lightheaded, faint or have an irregular heartbeat while taking TASIGNA. These can be symptoms of QT prolongation, a possible life-threatening heart problem
  • Decreased blood flow to the leg, heart, or brain: People who have recently been diagnosed with Ph+ CML and take TASIGNA may develop decreased blood flow to the leg, the heart, or brain. Get medical help right away if you suddenly develop any of the following symptoms:
    • Chest pain or discomfort
    • Numbness or weakness
    • Problems walking or speaking
    • Leg pain
    • Your leg feels cold
    • Change in the skin color of your leg
  • Liver damage: Symptoms include yellow skin and eyes
  • Pancreas inflammation (pancreatitis): Symptoms include sudden stomach area pain with nausea and vomiting
  • Bleeding in the brain: Symptoms include sudden headache, changes in your eyesight, not being aware of what is going on around you and becoming unconscious
  • Tumor Lysis Syndrome (TLS): TLS is caused by a fast breakdown of cancer cells. TLS can cause you to have:
    • Kidney failure and the need for dialysis treatment
    • An abnormal heart beat
    Your doctor may do blood tests to check you for TLS

Common side effects

Most patients experience side effects at some time. Some common side effects you may experience include:

  • Low blood count
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Itching
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough
  • Constipation
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat
  • Fever
  • Night sweats

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all of the possible side effects of TASIGNA. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.

  • Take TASIGNA exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. Do not change your dose or stop taking TASIGNA unless your doctor tells you
  • TASIGNA is a long-term treatment
  • Your doctor may change your dose. Your doctor may have you stop TASIGNA for some time or lower your dose if you have side effects with it

If you need to take antacids (medicines to treat heartburn) do not take them at the same time that you take TASIGNA. If you take:

  • A medicine to block the amount of acid produced in the stomach (H2 blocker): Take these medicines about 10 hours before you take TASIGNA, or about 2 hours after you take TASIGNA
  • An antacid that contains aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach: Take these medicines about 2 hours before or about 2 hours after you take TASIGNA

TASIGNA® (nilotinib) Indication

TASIGNA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults who have:

  • Ph+ CML in chronic phase and accelerated phase who are no longer benefiting from, or did not tolerate, other treatment including GLEEVEC® (imatinib mesylate). The effectiveness of TASIGNA in these patients is based on a study that measured two types of response to treatment (hematologic and cytogenetic)

Please see the full prescribing information including the Boxed WARNING, and the TASIGNA Medication Guide.