NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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Afinitor Disperz
(uh-FIH-nih-tor DIS-perz)
A drug used to treat subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (a type of benign brain tumor) and certain types of seizures in patients who have tuberous sclerosis. Afinitor Disperz blocks a protein involved in cell division, which may help keep abnormal cells from growing. It may also prevent the growth of new blood vessels that tumors need to grow. It may also help prevent or treat seizures in some patients. Afinitor Disperz contains the active ingredient everolimus. It is a type of kinase inhibitor and a type of angiogenesis inhibitor.