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for prostate cancer
Electroporation procedures, including IRE (Irreversible Electroporation, also known as NanoKnife) as the best known procedure), are changing the treatment methods of prostate cancer. Current treatment methods, such as surgery and radiation therapy, lead to impotence (loss of erection ability) and incontinence (loss of bladder control) in the majority of men, but these side effects can usually be avoided by treatment with Irreversible Electroporation
Electroporation – IRE
The NanoKnife™ process
The NanoKnife Soft Tissue Ablation procedure uses IRE (Irreversible Electroporation) to destroy cancer cells. The surrounding tissue is not injured in the process. For the first time, prostate cancer can be treated with this method in such a way that continence is preserved and there is only a low risk of impotence. In addition, the NanoKnife procedure has a very low probability of pain or scarring.
The VITUS Private Clinic
Pioneer in the development and clinical application of electroporation techniques
Here at VITUS, we are proud of the pioneering work we have done with the NanoKnife process. We are among the world’s leading experts in the use of IRE in the treatment of prostate cancer.
Through our close collaboration with the inventor of IRE for medical purposes, Prof. Boris Rubinsky of the University of Berkeley in the USA, we have had the opportunity to study and understand IRE at all stages of development, from laboratory to animal studies to human application. Our physicists and physicians are thus among the pioneers and the world’s leading experts in electroporation processes – both in the scientific and technical field and as well as in the clinical use.
The NanoKnife Therapy
Avoid impotence and incontinence with high efficacy
While modern, gentle treatments have long since become established in other areas of medicine, they are still a long time coming in urology. For breast cancer, the entire breast has not been amputated for a long time, but the tumor is removed focally. In renal cell carcinoma, if possible, not the entire kidney is removed, but only the tumor – the healthy part of the kidney is preserved. The prostate is still removed “radically”, i.e. completely, in most cases unnecessarily.
This has changed since the successful introduction of Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) for the treatment of prostate cancer. With IRE, prostate cancer can be focally destroyed, with a lower likelihood of side effects. With comparable efficacy to radical prostatectomy.