NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,863 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.

mechlorethamine hydrochloride
(meh-klor-EH-thuh-meen HY-droh-KLOR-ide)
A drug used to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma, advanced Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic leukemia, mycosis fungoides, and a type of lung cancer called bronchogenic carcinoma. It is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. Mechlorethamine hydrochloride damages the cell's DNA and may kill cancer cells. It is a type of alkylating agent. Also called Mustargen and mustine.