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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Porfímero sódico

Porfimer sodium (PORE-fih-mer SOH-dee-um)
A drug used to treat some types of cancer. When absorbed by cancer cells and exposed to light, porfimer sodium becomes active and kills the cancer cells. It is a type of photodynamic therapy agent. Also called Photofrin.

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