NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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gemcitabine hydrochloride
(jem-SY-tuh-been HY-droh-KLOR-ide)
A drug used alone or with other drugs to treat certain types of breast, non-small cell lung, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers that are advanced or have spread to other parts of the body. It is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. Gemcitabine hydrochloride stops cells from making DNA and may kill cancer cells. It is a type of antimetabolite. Gemcitabine is the active ingredient of gemcitabine hydrochloride. Also called Gemzar.