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New Laser System Successfully Treats Difficult Brain Tumours

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posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 04:13 PM
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ATS Team:

Here is an interesting new technology which is showing promise for the treatment of a very difficult type of brain tumour.....

”Intracranial Ependymoma”


Biotex laser system treats brain tumors

20 Jul 2010

“Laser-assisted thermal ablation is used to treat otherwise inoperable lesions; Texan firm has many other photonic technologies in development.”



A novel laser-assisted surgical technique has shown promise as a treatment to destroy a particular type of brain tumor that has proved resistant to more conventional surgery and radiation.

Developed by the Texan company Biotex, the laser-assisted thermal ablation method works in conjunction with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner to monitor the surgery in real time.



The approach was recently used on a patient for the first time in the US, at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. Just six hospitals in the US are equipped with laser-assisted thermal ablation systems.
Performed by Shabbar Danish MD, the recent surgery represents the first laser thermal ablation treatment in the US of a specific type of recurring malignant tumor known as an intracranial ependymoma.

“This is a tool for patients with tumors who have been told they do not have other options,” said Danish.”It is also a viable option for patients who do not want radiation therapy or general anaesthesia.” One of the key advantages of the laser approach is the minimal invasion when compared with other surgical techniques. The patient treated by Danish was able to leave hospital just one day after her procedure was completed.

That procedure involved placing the laser, delivered via a diffusing fiber, directly into the patient’s brain tumor. After that, the patient was moved to an MRI unit so that the ablation of the tumor could be watched by the surgical team in real time.


Here is a link to the full article:

optics.org...

Here are some links pertaining to intracranial ependymoma:

www.medscape.com...

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov...

clinicaltrials.gov...

www.thelancet.com...(07)70208-5/abstract

Kind regards
Maybe…maybe not




posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 04:38 PM
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Thank you for this information...

Strange you posted this. a loved one has a inoperable brain tumor.
Today i had the thought and feeling i would hear this , and behold....your post.

Thank you again..s/f for you.



posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 04:49 PM
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Thank you very much OP. I have a 3 yr old granddaughter with Tubular Sclerosis - she now has 2 brains tumors and one behind the eye. We have been told they are inoperable. She is scheduled to see a Dr. in another state in August who specalizes in her rare condition. I feel anything we can bring to the table to discuss with the medical team would be beneficial. I am going to read thru the info again and make copies. This is one of those times when I know exactly why I come to ATS. Many stars for you my friend!



posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 04:54 PM
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Originally posted by jean59
Thank you for this information...
Strange you posted this. a loved one has a inoperable brain tumor.
Today i had the thought and feeling i would hear this , and behold....your post.
Thank you again..s/f for you.


Jean59.....

I have no idea if this technology as described will be helpful, but my approach is to post this information in case people find it interesting & hopefully even useful!

Here are 2 of my previous threads you might find of interest:

NanoKnife: Cancer Breakthrough Without Radiation or Drugs

Biophotonics Link To New Biophysics Approach to Early Cancer Detection & Treatment Techniques...?

Kind regards
Maybe...maybe not



posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 04:59 PM
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Crazydaisy.....

Hello again!

That's an awful condition, as per our previous dialogue in the "NanoKnife" thread.

I have posted more info in there.

That is a terribly complex condition. I will revisit my commentary in the "NanoKnife" thread in case I can something further for you.

Try to keep your chin up!


Kind regards
Maybe...maybe not



posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 08:44 PM
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Huh well what a great article,.
Where is True-seer



posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 08:49 PM
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Originally posted by Lil Drummerboy
Huh well what a great article,.
Where is True-seer


Lil Drummerboy.....

Good idea.....

I will send him a link to this in case it is relevant.

Kind regards
Maybe...maybe not



posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 08:56 PM
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Nice Thread MMN..

thanks for putting this up for all to see..

S&F from me my friend!



posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 09:01 PM
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Originally posted by baddmove
Nice Thread MMN..
thanks for putting this up for all to see..
S&F from me my friend!


Baddmove.....

Thank you!

I am genuinely pleased people find this material of interest.

I have another extremely interesting new & innovative "cancer technology" that I will post soon.

It's a fascinating, but complex area that affects so many people.....

Kind regards
Maybe...maybe not



posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 09:15 PM
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Cool..glad to see you up in here..

keep them coming,

cancer is the number 1 killer in the world right now..

i had at least 6 family members die from it in the last 5 years..

so , yea, all info is helpful..

thanks my friend..



posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 09:25 PM
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I don't have time to check the links right now but I;ve been avoiding treatment for a brain tumor on my auditory nerve (acoustic neuroma).
Reason being I have a one in three chance of losing hearing if they operate. I am musician and frankly I want better odds than that. There might be something here for me.
Thanks for posting this!



posted on Jul, 26 2010 @ 03:36 AM
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S&F MMN........

You may remember my posts the other day about being up for 32 hours...
The reason is i had buried my grandmother that day due to an inoperable brain tumor.

I am kind of illiterate when it comes to medical terminology so maybe you can help me out here..... Is this a kind of radiation or more like the nanoknife?

Thank you for this info,
LittleIndianJr.



posted on Jul, 26 2010 @ 04:20 AM
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Originally posted by Asktheanimals
I don't have time to check the links right now but I;ve been avoiding treatment for a brain tumor on my auditory nerve (acoustic neuroma).
Reason being I have a one in three chance of losing hearing if they operate. I am musician and frankly I want better odds than that. There might be something here for me.
Thanks for posting this!


Asktheanimals.....

Yes.....I recall our dialogue in the NanoKnife thread.

Without seeing any images, I would imagine access to your acoustic neuroma would be difficult.

Is that what you are being told?

Kind regards
Maybe...maybe not



posted on Jul, 26 2010 @ 04:25 AM
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LittleIndianJr.....

Thank you for dropping by.....I hope you are OK, or at the very least, on an upward path again!



Is this a kind of radiation or more like the nanoknife?


The NanoKnife produces an electrical field.

This device is a laser (i.e. light.....electromagnetic radiation)

Does that answer your question?

Kind regards
Maybe...maybe not



posted on Jul, 26 2010 @ 05:55 AM
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posted on Jul, 26 2010 @ 08:40 AM
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Thank you for the links...

You are doing a great service by posting this information.
Thank you again.



posted on Jul, 26 2010 @ 09:03 AM
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Thanks OP this is really interesting. I have a stage four glioblastoma multiforme Brain tumour and any new advances, just help give a little more hope. Fortunately both times I have had surgery the tumout has been operable which has with out any doubt attributed to my continued survival. I have seen people with the same grade tumours to mine but in inoperable locations in the brain. These people have a lot more problems than I have ever experienced. Hopefully this new treatment will improve and save many lives.

I just hope when mine eventually comes back its still in a location that can be operated on.



posted on Jul, 26 2010 @ 09:44 AM
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I know I've asked you this before, but why don't you heal your body and cure your cancer, rather than keep asking surgeons to cut the symptoms out of your brain?

Is it some kind of near-death wish?

No offense meant, just askin'



posted on Jul, 26 2010 @ 11:02 AM
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Originally posted by RogerT
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I know I've asked you this before, but why don't you heal your body and cure your cancer, rather than keep asking surgeons to cut the symptoms out of your brain?

Is it some kind of near-death wish?

No offense meant, just askin'



I'm not offended. It takes a lot to offend me. Lets just say going from the experience of having a brain tumour from a young age, I have come across many young people in the same position. I have seen many fall for miricle cures and total changes to their diet. Following a diet that was meant to cure their body of cancer. One girl I knew, her father was studying diets and how they can effect you. Yet every time I saw his daughter she would look weaker and weaker. She eventually went all the way to Brazil to some guy called "john of God" . who is meant to be a healer.Needless to say her fight with her tumour didn't last long.

I have always put my trust in my doctors and oncologists. I view these people as specialists and I follow the advice they give. I believe this is what has kept me living with a disease that has a prognosis of 2 years, I've now been living with it for 8. 8 pretty much happy years.

I also use the thing that we cant talk about on ATS and believe it has helped a lot.

www.webmd.com...


Until you are diagnosed with a terminal illness it's very difficult to say how you are going to respond and react. I take it you havn't been diagnosed with a brain tumor?



posted on Jul, 26 2010 @ 11:28 AM
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Sorry MMN, the legs were too long....I always applaud new technology

and anything that helps people! Wonderful post!



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