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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.
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.
Originally posted by Lil Drummerboy
Huh well what a great article,.
Where is True-seer
Originally posted by baddmove
Nice Thread MMN..
thanks for putting this up for all to see..
S&F from me my friend!
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!
Is this a kind of radiation or more like the nanoknife?
Originally posted by RogerT
reply to post by woodwardjnr
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'