angiogenesis inhibitor

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An agent that prevents the development of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) by inhibiting the action of vascular endothelial growth factor (it is also known as anti-VEGF). Angiogenesis inhibitors are now used as anticancer drugs, since growing cancers have a greater need for blood supply than normal tissue and must develop new blood vessels before progressing beyond a very small size. They include bevacizumab and thalidomide.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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