Electrical pulse treatment pokes holes in hard-to-treat tumors
- Posted: April 15, 2013
A new, minimally invasive treatment that tears microscopic holes in tumors without harming healthy tissue is a promising treatment for challenging cancers, suggests a preliminary study being presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 38th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans. The study, from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, uses irreversible electroporation (or IRE) as a new way to attack cancer, using microsecond electrical pulses to kill cancer at the cellular level without damaging healthy tissue nearby.
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