NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,311 terms related to cancer and medicine.
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- radioactive palladium
- listen (RAY-dee-oh-AK-tiv puh-LAY-dee-um)
- 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.