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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



ganciclovir  listen  (gan-SY-kloh-veer)

  An antiviral agent used to prevent or treat cytomegalovirus infections that may occur when the body's immune system is suppressed. In gene therapy, ganciclovir is used with an altered herpes simplex virus-1 gene to kill advanced melanoma cells and brain tumor cells.