NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,893 terms related to cancer and medicine.

Browse the dictionary by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by entering a cancer-related word or phrase in the search box.

ovarian suppression
(oh-VAYR-ee-un suh-PREH-shun)
Treatment that stops or lowers the amount of estrogen made by the ovaries. Types of ovarian suppression include surgery to remove both ovaries, radiation therapy, and the use of certain drugs. Ovarian suppression may be used to prevent and treat breast cancer. Also called ovarian ablation.