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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


antisense therapy  listen  (AN-tee-sents THAYR-uh-pee)

  Treatment with antisense oligonucleotides. These are small pieces of DNA or RNA that can bind to specific molecules of RNA. This blocks the cell’s ability to use the RNA to make a protein or work in other ways. Antisense oligonucleotides are being studied in the treatment of many types of cancer. Also called antisense oligonucleotide therapy.