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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Custirsén sódico

Custirsen sodium (KUS-tir-sen SOH-dee-um)
A substance being studied in the treatment of cancer. It blocks the production of a protein called clusterin, which helps cells live longer. This may kill cancer cells that need clusterin to grow. It may also make cells more sensitive to anticancer drugs. It is a type of antisense oligonucleotide, and a type of chemosensitizing agent. Also called OGX-011.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.