Glossary of Medical Terms

RAD001

A drug used to treat certain types of pancreatic cancer. It is also used to treat a type of advanced kidney cancer and to treat subependymal giant cell astrocytoma in some patients. It is being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer and other conditions. RAD001 stops cancer cells from dividing and may prevent the growth of new blood vessels that tumors need to grow. It also lowers the body’s immune response. It is a type of kinase inhibitor, a type of angiogenesis inhibitor, and a type of immunosuppressant. Also called Afinitor and everolimus.

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