NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,176 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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Tafinlar
(TA-fin-lar)
A drug used alone or with trametinib to treat melanoma that cannot be removed by surgery or has spread to other parts of the body. It is used with trametinib to treat non-small cell lung cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Tafinlar is used in patients whose cancer has a mutated (changed) form of a cell protein called BRAF. It is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. Tafinlar blocks this mutated protein, which may help keep cancer cells from growing and may kill them. It is a type of kinase inhibitor and a type of targeted therapy. Also called dabrafenib.