boron therapy

boron neutron-capture therapy

A form of radiation therapy in which a boron-rich solution is administed IV, which concentrates in tumour cells; the patient is then exposed to a stream of neutrons from a nuclear reactor; the radiation is absorbed by the boron and causes tumour cell lysis without harming normal cells. Boron therapy is not regarded as a mainstream therapeutic modality.
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boron therapy

Boron neutron capture therapy Radiation oncology A form of RT in which a cancer Pt ingests a boron compound and then is exposed to a stream of neutrons from a nuclear reactor; the compound concentrates in the tumor, and itself becomes radioactive, delivering the highest radiation directly into the tumor
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