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Cancer Glossary - Y

yttrium  (IH-tree-um)
A rare elemental metal. A radioactive form of yttrium is used in radiation therapy and some types of immunotherapy.
yttrium Y 90 SMT 487  
A substance that is being studied as a treatment for cancer.
yttrium Y90 ibritumomab tiuxetan  
An anticancer drug that is a combination of a monoclonal antibody and a radioisotope (yttrium-90). Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-produced substances that can locate and bind to cancer cells. Also called IDEC-Y2B8 monoclonal antibody.

 

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