Also known as irreversible electroporation, provides a precise alternative to open surgery for severe-to-reach tumors. It works by sending a very high voltage current between a set of thin needles placed around the tumor. This current destroys the cancer cells.
NanoKnife has nothing to do with knives. The treatment does not involve open surgery, causing less damage to healthy tissue and helping the patient to heal faster. The procedure is performed under full anesthesia and depending on the size and location of the tumor, the physician will use an ultrasound or CT scanner to carefully place two to four thin needles around it.
When the needles are in place, the electrical current passes between them. This stream is painless but damages the cancer cell’s membrane in the tumor, causing them to shrink and die. The entire procedure takes about 45 minutes.
The physician will, before the intervention, inform about what needs to be done to prepare a patient, including how long it should be avoided to eat and drink in advance. Prior to the actual Nanoknife procedure, the patient is likely to have a CT or MRI scan to help determine the size, shape and location of the tumor.
As with all procedures, there may be some risks or side effects involved. This will be explained by the physician before start-up. Thus, the treatment has significantly lesser consequences for the patient and is performed in much less time than a conventional operation.
The body’s healing goes much faster and the patient is quicker to resume his social life and any work. NanoKnife is carried around the world in many places.
Several hospitals and clinics in Germany and England offer this treatment as it is offered in China at Fuda cancer hospital in Guangzhou.