NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,378 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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Hydrea
(hy-DREE-uh)
A drug used to treat chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) that has not gotten better with other treatment. It is also used with radiation therapy and other anticancer drugs to treat certain types of head and neck cancer. It is also being studied in the treatment of other conditions and types of cancer. Hydrea stops cells from making DNA and may kill cancer cells. It may also make cancer cells easier to kill with radiation therapy. Hydrea contains the active ingredient hydroxyurea. It is a type of antimetabolite.