Glossary Term:

Title

strontium-89

Phonetic

<b>stron</b>-tee-um

Description

a radioactive substance (radioisotope) that is used for treatment of bone pain from cancer that has spread to the bones. It is injected into a vein and is attracted to areas of bone containing cancer. The radiation given off by the strontium-89 kills the cancer cells, and helps relieve pain. See also radioisotope.