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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Antígeno tumoral específico

Tumor-specific antigen (TOO-mer-speh-SIH-fik AN-tih-jen)
A protein or other molecule that is unique to cancer cells or is much more abundant in them. These molecules are usually found in the plasma (outer) membrane, and they are thought to be potential targets for immunotherapy or other types of anticancer treatment.



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