pentostatin

Pronunciation: (PEN-toh-STA-tin)

The active ingredient in a drug that is used to treat hairy cell leukemia and is being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. Pentostatin blocks a protein needed for cell growth and may kill cancer cells. It is made by a bacterium. It is a type of adenosine deaminase inhibitor. Also called Nipent.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Date last modified: 2008-10-28