Nanoknife offers cancer patients treatment options

The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane is Queensland’s first and only hospital offering cancer treatment procedures using a special device known as the NanoKnife. The NanoKnife uses a process called Irreversible Electroporation  to treat cancer patients with little other hope. With no chemotherapy, immunotherapy or radiotherapy options left certain patients will now be able to be treated with Irreversible Electroporation.

How it works

The procedure works by electrocuting tumour cells, causing them to die whilst sparing other vital tissues like ducts, blood vessels and nerves. This means that it can be used in areas that other traditional methods may not be safe or able to treat. The process involves placement of long thin needles under image guidance directly to the tumour cells. The inoperable, un-treatable tumours are directly hit with short, non-thermal electrical pulses destroying the cancer cells preserving vital surrounding structures.

Now available at the Wesley Hospital

The Wesley Hospital and Wesley Medical Imaging are well known for their achievements in accessing new and lifesaving treatments for Queensland residents. Until recently this treatment has only been available down south or overseas. The highly specialised treatment is now available in Brisbane and Wesley urologists are well underway using the cutting edge technology to treat prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men in Australia and the third most common cause of cancer death. Wesley Medical Imaging Interventional radiologists are also using this process to treat other cancers found in the pancreas, liver, lymph nodes and lung. Under the guidance of sophisticated imaging equipment these procedures offer safe and accurate treatment for otherwise inoperable tumours.