oncolytic virus therapy

Pronunciation: (ON-koh-LIH-tik VY-rus THAYR-uh-pee)

Treatment using an oncolytic virus (a virus that infects and breaks down cancer cells but not normal cells ). Oncolytic virus therapy may make it easier to kill tumor cells with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It is a type of targeted therapy. Also called oncolytic virotherapy, viral therapy, and virotherapy.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

2008-09-23 Date last modified: 2008-09-23