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View in Spanish: Tegafur-uracilo

Tegafur-uracil (TEG-uh-fur YOOR-uh-sil)
A substance being studied in the treatment of some types of cancer. It is a combination of tegafur and uracil. The tegafur is taken up by the cancer cells and breaks down into 5-FU, a substance that kills tumor cells. The uracil causes higher amounts of 5-FU to stay inside the cells and kill them. Tegafur-uracil is a type of antimetabolite. Also called Ftorafur, UFT, and Uftoral.

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