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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

thiotepa  listen  (THY-oh-TEH-puh)

  A drug used to treat certain types of bladder cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer. It is also used to treat malignant effusion (a condition in which cancer causes an abnormal amount of fluid to collect in hollow spaces or between tissues of the body). It is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. Thiotepa damages the cell’s DNA and may kill cancer cells. It is a type of alkylating agent.