Pronunciation: (PLY-kuh-MY-sin)

A drug used to treat some types of testicular cancer. It is also used to treat a higher-than-normal amounts of calcium in the blood or urine. Plicamycin binds to DNA and prevents cells from making RNA and proteins. It is a type of antineoplastic antibiotic. Also called Mithracin and mithramycin.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2006-05-05 Date last modified: 2008-01-09