NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,176 terms related to cancer and medicine.
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- listen (A-leh-SEN-suh)
A drug used to treat non-small cell lung cancer that has spread to other parts of the body and has a mutated (changed) form of a gene called anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK). It is used in patients whose cancer has gotten worse after treatment with or who cannot receive crizotinib (a type of anticancer drug). Alecensa blocks the protein made by the mutated ALK gene. Blocking this protein may stop the growth and spread of cancer cells.
Alecensa is a type of tyrosine
kinase inhibitor. Also called alectinib.