NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,041 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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tumor-specific antigen
(TOO-mer-speh-SIH-fik AN-tih-jen)
A protein or other molecule that is unique to cancer cells or is much more abundant in them. These molecules are usually found in the plasma (outer) membrane, and they are thought to be potential targets for immunotherapy or other types of anticancer treatment.