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Sunday, January 1, 2017
This new methods can help cancer patients kill big tumors much faster and less invasive than chemotherapy and radiation which cause many side effects like hair loss, vomiting, loss of appetite, nausea, dry mouth, constant fatigue, and many more. This is due to the methods are highly invasive.
Lot of researchers tried to find an alternative method that will be equally effective as the traditional ones, but less invasive. A generator of high voltage pulses for destruction of solid tumors was invented and patented by the investigators from the University of Zaragoza and the University Pompeu Fabra in Spain. The phenomenon is known as “irreversible electroporation”.
What is the method about?
One of the benefits of this method is that the action mechanism is not based on thermal alterations, improving the recovery and enabling the treatment of the tumors that due to their localization will not be deemed as treatable. The treatment is possible and much faster, less toxic, and less invasive. It does not use meds because it is not thermal.
The investigator of the Group of Power Electronics and Microelectronics, Oscar Lucia, said that this system in comparison to chemotherapy is more localized and less injurious since it does not implicate thermal heating as opposed to radiotherapy or radio frequency. The recovery is much faster and with fewer consequences.
The generator can apply voltages up to 12 KW peak-to-peak and currents up to 400 amperes. It has been tested successfully in the vivo studies, demonstrating its ability to destroy large volumes of tissue. The patent has aroused the interest of couple of companies that allow advance in irreversible electroporation as an efficient tool in the cancer battle.