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Glossary: dexamethasone, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

dexamethasone

(DEK-suh-MEH-thuh-sone)

A synthetic steroid (similar to steroid hormones produced naturally in the adrenal gland). Dexamethasone is used to treat leukemia and lymphoma and may be used to treat some of the problems caused by other cancers and their treatment.