NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,380 terms related to cancer and medicine.
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- Blood vessel formation. Tumor angiogenesis is the growth of new blood vessels that tumors need to grow. This process is caused by the release of chemicals by the tumor and by host cells near the tumor.
- angiogenesis inhibitor
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- A drug or substance that keeps new blood vessels from forming. In cancer treatment, angiogenesis inhibitors may prevent the growth of new blood vessels that tumors need to grow. Also called antiangiogenesis agent.