Originally posted by VneZonyDostupa
A partner hospital to the one I work in has one of these (one of the few in the region, I believe). Though I've never used it myself, I've heard it is truly revolutionary. The only downside is that it is only applicable in a relatively small population of cancer patients, dependent on size, stage, and location of the tumor.
Regardless, any advance (especially one with comparatively minor side effects) is welcome!
Originally posted by Blazer
Sadly this will most likely be yet another one of those breakthrough cancer cures/procedures that hit the news and then are never heard from again.
Pisses me off...how come nobody ever follows up on this sort of thing...what ends up happening to all of these breakthroughs? The same thing happens with amazing new energy producing products..."wow this will change the world", 1 week later - *crickets*...after 2 weeks its never talked about again and everyone forgets it.
This is from the Channel 9 News story as follows:
The options had all but run out for Thomas Monaghan, 81, of Melbourne, Australia. The great-grandfather was suffering from a kidney tumor, and due to his age and the danger these measures could pose to his kidney function, as well as having previously had bladder cancer, Mr. Monaghan was not a good candidate for traditional surgery or ablation treatments.
However, he became the first patient in the world to have their kidney tumor ablated with NanoKnife on November 13, 2008. NanoKnife – a surgical ablation system – uses an exciting, new technology called irreversible electroporation to selectively induce cell death in cancerous tumors.
Mr. Monaghan was not concerned with being the first kidney patient treated with NanoKnife. “Somebody had to find cures,” the humble grandfather of 11 said. “Somebody had to start somewhere.” Having previously undergone treatment for bladder cancer that left him in a long recovery, Mr. Monaghan was concerned about potential aftereffects.
“I was worried about the aches, pains, and blood – but I didn’t have any of that,” he said. “I could have jumped over the moon the next day.” In fact, Dr. Ken Thomson, Professor and Director of the Department of Radiology at The Alfred, Monash University, used NanoKnife to treat Mr. Monaghan and said he left with little more than a band aid.
“We haven’t done anything to Thomas,” Dr. Thomson quipped at a news conference following the procedure. “He was losing his hair before we started, and so was I.” Equally pleased with the NanoKnife System was Mr. Monaghan’s wife, Carmel. “It’s wonderful,” she said. “I am very happy with how he came out. He had no pain, no aches, no blood – nothing at all. It’s wonderful.”
Originally posted by jjjtir
Maybe...maybe not, please clarify something for me. I'm confused.
You claim no radiation is used. But what is that big machine in your photo?
The patient is under it horizontally.
This looks to me like a scanning/imaging machine, which does emit radiation during the imaging procedure.
Originally posted by Phlegmi
reply to post by jjjtir
The tumor must be imaged to localize it, no radiation is used to kill the actual cancer cells.
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
This sounds like a wonderful tool in the fight against cancer. This was never offered to me in options for treatment for brain tumors although the gamma knife (which does use radiation) was suggested. Can you tell me why this can't be used for brain tumors? Any answers would be greatly appreciated.
Originally posted by VneZonyDostupa
reply to post by Maybe...maybe not
By "relatively small population", I was referring to those aptients whose cancers are non-metastatic and have reasonably dentifiable regions of angiogenesis. To the best of my knowledge, this technology isn't being used to remove tumors in patients who have a high likelihood of having tumors elsewhere, as well, as it would be an exercise in futility when chemotherapeutics should be used as a whole-body treatment instead.
Of course, I can't claim to be an expert on the nanoknife, not being an oncologist or having used it myself. I'm purely working off of reports from colleagues who have seen/used it, and their experience may be limited, as well.