On this segment of "American Health Journal," Dr. Eric Kortz of Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, discusses NanoKnife technology for treating cancer. NanoKnife is used in the ablation of hard-to-reach tumors, including those that are not good candidates for surgery because of their location near other important areas of the body, where surgery would be too risky. Dr. Kortz had had good success killing tumors of the pancreas, liver and bile ducts with NanoKnife. The procedure is safe and FDA approved. To learn more about NanoKnife treatment for cancer.

  we go now to our reporter laura windsor who has more on a new cancer treatment

  there's now a new technology probably shouldn't have to respond now tonight

  and uses electrical pulses to kill hard to reach cancers

  we went to swedish medical center and spoke to dr eric courts about this new

  technology and asked him what what is in our night and how does that differ from

  other forms of tumor ablation internet is currently being used

  to kilter hers that otherwise cannot be respected because they are around

  important structures

  it's also being used to treat those tumors that can be resected but are very

  close to very important structures

  so we can preserve those important structures but read around then to make


  that's a complete tumors being able to be treated

  after the present time than patient population and particularly looking at

  her patients who have take res cancer bile duct cancer liver cancer or even

  colon cancers in certain locations

  particularly though for pancreatic cancer patients and four bile duct

  cancer patients we've never had a technique that we can locally destroyer

  tumor the reason most of the local destructive techniques require heat

  and heat will disrupt these clients and end up with a beacon ductal structures

  so we can't have that

  so really for the first time we have a local publishing technique for these

  cancers that her un recyclable

  we've never before had technology

  that records tells us how effective the now and i can start telling tumor cells

  mennonite is very safe and very effective

  it has a very high percentage of initial kill

  and there can be some areas that need to be retrieved that its initial killers a

  very high percentage

  extremely safe as well

  they're not does not replace the current concepts of

  removing the tumor completely

  when it surgically possible that's going to be our number one recommendation

  it does not replace chemotherapy or radiation

  this is a new way to effectively kill or killing a margin extension manifestation

  for tumors that otherwise may not be resected or need additional treatment

  around specific important structures

  that records discusses how important are now in my fears for a patient who can't

  be treated with surgery

  sonication to can't be surgically resected

  doesn't respond well to chemotherapy doesn't respond well to radiation


  we now have for the first time home for completion technique

  to really get a handle on destruction of this tumor

  that opens up the opportunity

  for better control subsequently with chemotherapy or the potential for even

  turning allusion that was an respectable into one that has risen

  this is the first time we've been able to have technology that opens up a brand

  new pharmacotherapy considerations for patients we just didn't have a response


  and for these patients in pancreatic tumors and biliary tumors that

  percentage of patients is relatively high he can effect anywhere up to forty

  to fifty percent of pancreatic patients cannot be considered for research

  this is not experimental this is undergoing a lot of

  basic science research is a

  designated from the decades it's been being utilized and worked in cell


  sasa being used as a trickling technique males of thousands of patients

  it does carry a hat approval from the f_d_a_

  and entrance companies certainly recovering this is a procedure that's

  very important

  and and i think cancer patients any lesion therapy treatment option

  this new technology allows physicians to treat lesions that are not well treated

  by other methods

  for the american health general i'm laura windsor

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