NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,018 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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tPA
An enzyme made in the body that helps dissolve blood clots. A form of this enzyme is made in the laboratory to treat heart attacks, strokes, and clots in the lungs. It is also being studied in the treatment of cancer. tPA is a type of systemic thrombolytic agent. Also called tissue plasminogen activator.