NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,201 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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cortisol
(KOR-tih-sol)
A hormone made by the adrenal cortex (the outer layer of the adrenal gland). It helps the body use glucose (a sugar), protein, and fats. Cortisol made in the laboratory is called hydrocortisone. It is used to treat many conditions, including inflammation, allergies, and some cancers. Cortisol is a type of glucocorticoid hormone.