radioactive palladium

Definition / meaning of radioactive palladium

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 breaks down and becomes more stable.

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

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