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The new NanoKnife is a game-changer for treating Prostate cancer

03-Jan-2022

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A breakthrough has been made in the treatment of prostate cancer.

A condition that affects almost 50,000 men a year in the UK.

Nanoknife, uses electrical currents to destroy difficult-to-reach tumours.

Doctors hope this means thousands of men could be cured with a 45-minute-long operation.

rather than the current choice of removal of the prostrate or radiotherapy.

Prof Mark Emberton, leading prostate surgeons, says "The beauty of it is that it's such a simple technique to train surgeons in..."

Precision in targeting and attacking the cancerous cells without damaging healthy tissue..."

NanoKnife involves no knives at all, according to a breakdown of the op.

Passes an electric current through the needles, damaging the cell membranes of the cancerous cells.

Prostate cancer will affect one in six men across their lifetime as more than 50,000 cases are found every year.

Diagnoses of the disease fell by almost a quarter during the pandemic.

Electric current damages the cell membranes of the cancerous cells

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Mark Emberton

Professor of Surgery at University College London

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS foundation trust based in London, UK