Nano-Knife technology, the is the most innovative method for treatment of localized prostate cancer, is now being applied in Israel.
Hadassah Medical Center has adopted the technology to use in their treatments, making them the first hospital in Israel to treat prostate cancer in this minimally invasive way. They now join the a group of prestige hospitals round the world that have added Nano-Knife Technology to their treatment options; including University College Hospital in London, Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York.
Hadassah senior urologic surgeon Dr. Ilan Gielchinsky studied this technology in Australia. Over the past six months, Hadassah has incorporated into its diagnostics the precise mapping of a person’s prostate through the use of MRI conjugated biopsy. This enables physicians to identify some patients who have a single, focal point of prostate cancer. Then, using the Nano-Knife technology, physicians are able to zero in on the focal point and save the patient from a prostatectomy and the typical side effects of cancer treatment. In addition, the patient can go home from the hospital on the same day he has the procedure.
Unlike other treatments that freeze or boil the tissue and can damage the urethra, rectum, and the nerve fibers affecting sexual function, Nano-Knife technology surrounds the tumor with electrodes. These electrodes transmit electrical pulses at a high frequency and trigger microscopic holes in the tumor, which then cause the tumor to die through the process of cell death.