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Glossary: pentostatin, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

pentostatin

(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.

2008-10-28