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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


gemcitabine hydrochloride  listen  (jem-SY-tuh-been HY-droh-KLOR-ide)

  A drug used to treat pancreatic cancer that is advanced or has spread. It is also used with other drugs to treat breast cancer that has spread, advanced ovarian cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer that is advanced or has spread. It is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. Gemcitabine hydrochloride blocks the cell from making DNA and may kill cancer cells. Also called Gemzar.