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View in Spanish: Corticoliberina

Human corticotropin-releasing factor (HYOO-mun KOR-tih-koh-TROH-pin FAK-ter)
A substance being studied in the treatment of brain cancer. It is made naturally by the hypothalamus (a part of the brain) and can also be made in the laboratory. Human corticotropin-releasing factor may help reduce symptoms caused by edema (swelling) of the brain. It is a type of neurohormone. Also called hCRF.

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