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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



Glucophage  listen  (GLOO-koh-fayj)

  A drug used to treat diabetes mellitus (a condition in which the body cannot control the level of sugar in the blood ). It is also being studied in the treatment of cancer. It decreases the amount of glucose (a type of sugar) released into the bloodstream from the liver and increases the body’s use of the glucose. Glucophage is a type of antidiabetic agent. Also called metformin hydrochloride.