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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Terapia vírica

Viral therapy (VY-rul THAYR-uh-pee)
Treatment using a virus that has been changed in the laboratory to find and destroy cancer cells without harming healthy cells. It is a type of targeted therapy. Also called oncolytic virotherapy, oncolytic virus therapy, and virotherapy.

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