NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,201 terms related to cancer and medicine.
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- listen (MEH-kih-nist)
A drug used alone or with dabrafinib to treat melanoma that cannot be removed by surgery or has spread to other parts of the body. It is used with dabrafinib to treat non-small cell lung cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Mekinist 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. Mekinist blocks certain proteins, 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 trametinib.