nano knife surgery in canada

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nano knife surgery in canada

by jocook on Thu Jan 12, 2012 09:15 PM

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could anyone tell me if they know of any hospital or surgeon performing nano knife surgery in canada sincerely thanks joanne

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by susan851 on Tue Jan 17, 2012 05:48 PM

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Joanne,

I am also Canadian (Toronto) and I asked my fathers surgical oncologist about this procedure and he did not know about it and said it is not available in Canada.

We are thinking about going to the USA for some opinions on this. We have contacted a few hospitals that do this procedure and will send his records for review.

Susan

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by jocook on Tue Jan 17, 2012 07:17 PM

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thank you so much for answering me. you have saved me endless hours trying to find someone who would use the nano knife in canada. we live outside toronto on a farm. please if i can help in anyway,contact me. jim is four years out next month but the beast is back

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by JEFF_A on Tue Jan 17, 2012 07:28 PM

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On Jan 12, 2012 9:15 PM jocook wrote:

could anyone tell me if they know of any hospital or surgeon performing nano knife surgery in canada sincerely thanks joanne

hi

expalin what u mean bye nano knif.

i have small spots on the lung and where they tied my kidny off before operation.

i am on sutent that is working for me. but my oncg. is sedning me to see a college at sunnybrooke to talk about lazer radiation to see if we can zapp the spots that way by radiation?

he expalined it just aim at the spot and nothing else.

i will let you know when i see this doctor on thursday.

jeff

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by susan851 on Wed Jan 18, 2012 07:44 PM

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Joanne,

can you tell me a little about the treatment that Jim went through? What stage was the cancer when it was found? Did the cancer spread anywhere else when it was found? Did he have surgery?

My father's is stage 4. He has a 2.5 cm mass on the pancreas and 2 spots on the liver. I think given his age (75) and the fact that it is now in the liver, here in Canada they don't do surgery. They are sending him for chemo which should start shortly. We were really hoping for surgery and are so disappointed that he can't get it. I started looking at US hospitals that do this nanoknife to see if maybe it will work for him. I'm sending his CT scans and all documents to a few hospitals for review.

Let's keep in touch through this website and exchange notes.

Susan

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by susan851 on Wed Jan 18, 2012 07:57 PM

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Jeff...here is a little information on IRE also known as nanoknife.

The process, known asIRE, offers another option for patients who have cancerous tumors that are close to blood vessels, ducts or nerves that may otherwise be damaged using other techniques, such as burning through radio frequency/microwave ablation, freezing through cryotherapy or traditional open surgery.  The University of Maryland Medical Center is one of fewer than 30 hospitals in the United States offering this treatment option and is the only facility in the mid-Atlantic region currently using the approach.

How Does IRE Work?

TheNanoKnife® IRE Systemhas been commercially available since 2009, and is FDA-approved to treatsoft tissue tumors.Unlike other treatment methods that use thermal ablation -- either heating or freezing -- Irreversible Electroporation, or IRE, works by using electrical energy to directly target tumors on the cellular level. IRE destroys tumors using intense bursts of electricity while leaving healthy tissues of the body unharmed.

IRE is a minimally invasive procedure and requires no surgical incision. Electricity is applied through probes inserted through the skin. Ultrasound or CT imaging helps doctors guide the placement of the probes precisely to the site of the tumor. Millisecond electrical pulses are then introduced to open the membranes in the cell walls within the tumor. This irreversible damage causes the cancer cells to die, while nearby nerves, ducts and blood vessels remain unharmed.

IRE is performed under general anesthesia. The time it takes to place the needles varies based on the size and location of the tumor. Because the procedure is considered to be minimally invasive, recovery time may be faster when compared to some other treatments, with some soreness from the needles themselves. There is little scarring because of the way IRE causes the cancer cells to open and die, taking advantage of the body’s natural healing ability.

What Types of Cancer Can Be Treated with IRE?

IRE can be used to treat many types of otherwise inoperable soft tissue tumors. Doctors in UMMC'sDepartment of Interventional Radiologyare using IRE to treat primary and metastatic liver cancer, as well as soft tissue tumors in the lung, prostate, head and neck, kidney and pancreas.

How Do I Know If I Am a Candidate for IRE Treatment?

IRE is an effective treatment option for tumors near blood vessels or other delicate structures that would otherwise be inoperable or not treatable with other methods. A consultation with ourVascular and Interventional Radiologyexperts can help you determine if this treatment is appropriate for you.

What Are the Benefits of NanoKnife IRE?

  • Doctors can treat otherwise inoperable tumors.
  • Patients receive general anesthesia and experience little or no side effects.
  • The treatment requires only a brief stay in the hospital, usually overnight.
  • The procedure can be repeated if new tumors occur
 
 
 

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by JEFF_A on Wed Jan 18, 2012 08:12 PM

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Hi and thanks so much for the reply.

I am going tomorrow and i will let u know what they tell me.

I am in toronto at sunnybrook who have been really great.

 

Thanks again

Jeff

 

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by susan851 on Wed Jan 18, 2012 08:15 PM

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Jeff,

my father is at sunnybrook also. He is there now for his first clinical visit. We were there on Monday and the doctor that we saw did not know anything about the nanoknife procedure. Ask them about it, maybe your doctor knows something.

susan

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by JEFF_A on Wed Jan 18, 2012 08:20 PM

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was you in the odeete center?? or the hospital section.

if the odete what is your doctors name.

jeff

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by susan851 on Wed Jan 18, 2012 09:11 PM

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Jeff,

Yes at Odette.

We saw Dr. Calvin Law on Monday. He is a surgical oncologist. Today, he is seeing Dr. Susanna Cheng to talk about and set up chemo.

susan

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