Radioactive palladium

What is Radioactive palladium?

Radioactive palladium meaning A radioactive form of palladium (a metallic element that resembles platinum). When used to treat prostate cancer, radioactive seeds (small pellets that contain radioactive palladium) are placed in the prostate. Cancer cells are killed by the energy given off as the radioactive material decays (breaks down).

 

reference: national Cancer Institute – Glossary for Registrars

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