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View in Spanish: Denosumab

Denosumab (den-oh-SOO-mab)
A type of monoclonal antibody being studied in the treatment of multiple myeloma (a cancer that forms in bones) and in the prevention and treatment of bone metastases (cancer that has spread to bone from another organ). Monoclonal antibodies are made in the laboratory and can locate and bind to substances in the body, including cancer cells. Denosumab binds to the protein RANKL and helps keep bone from breaking down. Also called AMG 162.

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