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View in Spanish: Complejo boronofenilalanina-fructosa

Boronophenylalanine-fructose complex (bor-AHN-oh-feh-nul-A-luh-neen FROOK-tose KOM-plex)
A substance used in a type of radiation therapy called boron neutron capture therapy. BPA-F is injected into a vein, and becomes concentrated in tumor cells. The patient then receives radiation treatment with atomic particles called neutrons. The neutrons react with the boron in BPA-F, producing radioactive particles that kill the tumor cells without harming normal cells. Also called BPA-F.

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