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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



bleomycin  listen  (blee-oh-MY-sin)

  The active ingredient in a drug that is used to treat many types of cancer and is being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. It comes from the bacterium Streptomyces verticillus. Bleomycin damages DNA and may kill rapidly growing cancer cells. It is a type of antineoplastic antibiotic.

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