Irinotecan hydrochloride. Definition

Medical Definition: Irinotecan hydrochloride

A drug used alone or with other drugs to treat colon cancer or rectal cancer that has spread to other parts of the body or has come back after treatment with fluorouracil. Is also being studied for treating other cancers. Irinotecan hydrochloride blocks certain enzymes needed for cell division and DNA repair, and can kill cancer cells. Is a type of topoisomerase inhibitor and a type of camptothecin analog. Also called CPT 11 and Camptosar.

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