The Nanoknife IRE System Is Your Best Choice for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Pancreatic cancer symptoms can be quite difficult to find if your physician uses routine physical exams to locate tumors. That's because this type of cancer does not usually show signs or symptoms of the disease. In the meantime, the cancer is spreading to your other organs. No screening test currently lowers your risk of dying from pancreatic cancer. However, treatment of the disease with new NanoKnife surgery accurately targets the cancer, which ultimately gives you a lease on living a longer life following the procedure. The NanoKnife IRE system is your best choice for pancreatic cancer treatment.

 Dynamics of Treating Pancreatic Cancer

When you're diagnosed with stages I and II pancreatic adenocarcinoma, your cancer surgeon's goal is to offer you surgical treatment that gives you the best long-term survival chance. Since the nature of pancreatic cancer demonstrates that most patients present with advanced pancreatic cancer disease, new NanoKnife, also called irreversible electroporation (IRE), is used to accurately locate and destroy pancreatic tumors. 

NanoKnife Surgery

NanoKnife surgery utilizes nonthermal and high-energy pulses of electricity to attack and destroy pancreatic cancer cells. While under general anesthesia, needles called electrodes effectively and permanently puncture the cancerous cell membrane. That procedure results in your cancer cells' irreversible swelling. Apoptosis and death of the tumor cells then occur. 

Cell Death Leaves Other Structures Untouched

Cell death that happens with the use of NanoKnife's precision attack leaves your major ductal and vascular structures unaffected by the IRE treatment method. Your surrounding tissue, veins and nerves are also not affected by the surgery. Healthy cells and tissue will regenerate and then regrow in your IRE treatment area. 

Forty-Five Minute Procedure

NanoKnife treatment lasts about 10 minutes as energy passes between the needle application. The entire procedure generally lasts for about 45 minutes. Your prostate tissue may swell following the procedure. If that happens, you'll be fitted with a catheter to drain your bladder for a few days. You'll be monitored overnight in the hospital and then allowed to return to your home the following day. You'll be given an appointment for a follow-up visit.

Follow-Up MRI

Success of your procedure is measured with an MRI that you'll undergo within a 7 to 10 day period. This test allows your surgeon to see how much tissue was destroyed. Your surgeon will also check to ensure that your original tumor and an acceptable margin were removed during the NanoKnife treatment.

Cancer Progression Contained and Survival Rate Increases

Scientists are now claiming that progression of the disease is contained because of the procedure, and your median survival rate almost doubles with NanoKnife ablation of your pancreatic carcinoma. They arrived at this conclusion by comparing the science of IRE treatment with that of conventional systemic chemotherapy treatment results. IRE also spares you from the side effects of chemotherapy treatment. 

For more information about how NanoKnife could be the treatment for you, talk to oncologists at ATLAS ONCOLOGY.