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View in Spanish: Terapia por captura neutrónica en boro

Boron neutron capture therapy (BOR-on NOO-tron KAP-cher THAYR-uh-pee)
A type of radiation therapy. The patient is given an infusion that contains the element boron, which collects in tumor cells. The patient then receives radiation therapy with atomic particles called neutrons that come from a special machine. The neutrons interact with the boron in the tumor cells and kill them.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.