NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,128 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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indium In 111-pentetreotide
(IN-dee-um … PEN-teh-TREE-oh-tide)
A radioactive drug used to find certain types of neuroendocrine tumors (tumors that form from cells that release hormones). Indium In 111-pentetreotide binds to a protein called somatostatin receptor, which is found on some neuroendocrine tumor cells. Indium In 111-pentetreotide builds up in these cells and gives off radiation that can be detected by a scanner to help show where the tumor cells are in the body. It is a type of radiopharmaceutical.