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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


oncolytic virotherapy  listen  (ON-koh-LIH-tik VY-roh-THAYR-uh-pee)

  Treatment using an oncolytic virus (a virus that infects and breaks down cancer cells but not normal cells ). Oncolytic virotherapy may make it easier to kill tumor cells with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It is a type of targeted therapy. Also called oncolytic virus therapy, viral therapy, and virotherapy.