fluorouracil : Definition, Usages, News and More

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  • n  an antimetabolite used to treat certain cancers

  • Many of the cancer cells accept 5-fluorouracil in place of the real thing, and cannot multiply.
  • So far advanced is the cancer that doctors ruled out surgery and radiation, instead gave Ruby regular intravenous doses of 5-fluorouracil, a drug that starves cancerous cells and .
  • On the average, one-fifth of all 5-fluorouracil patients with cancer of the large bowel, and a few with cancer of the liver or other organs, show worthwhile benefit.

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