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View in Spanish: Ipilimumab

Ipilimumab (ih-pih-LIH-myoo-mab)
A monoclonal antibody being studied in the treatment of certain types of cancer. Ipilimumab is made in the laboratory and binds to the molecule CTLA-4 on T cells (a type of white blood cell). Ipilimumab may block CTLA-4 and help the immune system kill cancer cells. Also called MDX-010.

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