boron neutron capture therapy

Definition / meaning of boron neutron capture therapy

A type of radiation therapy. The patient is given an infusion that contains the element boron, which collects in tumor cells. The patient then receives radiation therapy with atomic particles called neutrons that come from a special machine. The neutrons interact with the boron in the tumor cells and kill them.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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