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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


human corticotropin-releasing factor  listen  (HYOO-mun KOR-tih-koh-TROH-pin-reh-LEE-sing FAK-ter)

  A substance being studied in the treatment of brain cancer. It is made naturally by the hypothalamus (a part of the brain) and can also be made in the laboratory. Human corticotropin-releasing factor may help reduce symptoms caused by edema (swelling) of the brain. It is a type of neurohormone. Also called hCRF.