Is NanoKnife Right for You?

In the treatment of cancer, your oncologist will evaluate the potential effectiveness of various options before determining the best course of treatment for you. One possible option is the use of NanoKnife surgery to remove tumors. If you are planning to discuss this treatment option with your oncologist, here is what you need to know before doing so.  

What Is NanoKnife Surgery?

NanoKnife surgery is a procedure that is typically used to remove tumors that are in difficult to reach places. For instance, tumors that are located near blood vessels or in other sensitive areas might be recommended for the surgery.  

During the procedure, your oncologist will deliver electricity through probes that are inserted into your skin. The electrical pulses damage the cancer cells of the tumor, causing them to die. The nerves and tissue that surround the tumor are not damaged during the procedure.  

Why Should You Consider NanoKnife Surgery?

There are several benefits to the NanoKnife procedure, but one of the most important is that it provides an additional treatment option for cancers that previously were difficult to treat. The procedure has been successfully used to treat liver and pancreatic cancers.  

Another benefit to the NanoKnife procedure is that it is typically performed on an outpatient basis. It is usually performed without the need for more than general anesthesia and is over within a few hours. In some instances, an overnight stay in the hospital might be recommended, but that is decided on a case by case status. 

As with other treatment options, there are some side effects, but they are generally mild. Your oncologist can help you manage any symptoms that extend beyond mild discomfort.  

Who Is Qualified for the Surgery?

NanoKnife does offer another method of treating cancer, but it is only available to people who meet certain qualifications. For instance, if you have a history of heart disease, your oncologist could deny you the treatment. If you wear a pacemaker, the procedure could interfere with its functioning.  

In addition to this restriction, the size of the tumor could impact whether or not your oncologist is willing to perform the procedure. Your oncologist can evaluate the tumor and make a determination.  

Oncologists like those at ATLAS ONCOLOGY can provide you with additional information about NanoKnife and other treatments that can be used to help you with your fight against cancer. If your oncologist does recommend the procedure, he or she might also advocate combining it with other types of treatment as well.