yttrium Y 90 SMT 487

Definition / meaning of yttrium Y 90 SMT 487

A substance being studied in the treatment of some types of cancer. Yttrium Y 90 SMT 487 contains yttrium Y 90 (a radioactive form of the metal yttrium) attached to a molecule that binds to certain types of neuroendocrine tumors (tumors that come from cells that release hormones). The radioactivity from yttrium Y 90 may kill the cancer cells. Also called yttrium Y 90 DOTA-tyr3-octreotide and yttrium Y 90 edotreotide.

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

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