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NCI Drug Dictionary

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The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

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live freeze-dried lactic acid bacteria probiotic
A probiotic containing live, cultivated, freeze-dried lactic acid bacteria with gastrointestinal (GI) protective, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulating and potential antitumor properties. Oral administration of probiotic bacteria help maintain adequate colonization of the GI tract and modulate the composition of the normal microflora. Upon colonization of the GI tract, the probiotic bacteria form a protective barrier, interfere with the attachment of pathogenic bacteria and other harmful substances and may bind to and degrade carcinogens. This may prevent inflammation and possibly cancer. In addition, these bacteria produce lactic acid, thereby creating an acidic environment that is unfavorable for pathogens. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

US brand name:VSL#3