NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,899 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.

mevalonate pathway
(meh-VA-loh-nayt PATH-way)
Describes a series of reactions in which proteins work together to make molecules. These molecules are part of many processes, including making cholesterol. Changes in this pathway may lead to cancer cell growth. Drugs or substances that affect this pathway are used to treat high cholesterol, and are being studied in the prevention and treatment of cancer and other diseases.