VITUS Privatklinik

Overview electroporation process

A variety of
Therapies
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

Irreversible
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 the laboratory to animal studies to human application. Our physicists and physicians are thus among the pioneers and 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 been established in other areas of medicine, in urology it is still a long time coming. In the case of breast cancer, the entire breast is not longer amputated for a long time, but the tumor is removed focally. In the case of renal cell carcinoma, the healthy part of the kidney is preserved instead of removing the entire kidney (if possible). The prostate is still removed “radically”, i.e. completely, unnecessarily in most cases.

That 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 probability of side effects. With IRE, prostate cancer can be focally destroyed, with a lower likelihood of side effects. With comparable efficacy to radical prostatectomy.