uided thin needles into the patient’s body and strategically placed them around the tumor under ultrasound guidance.
Millisecond electrical pulses then puncture holes into the tumor, causing the cells to swell and die, while preserving nearby ducts and blood vessels. After the tumor is destroyed, the body naturally rids itself of the dead cells, leaving only a scar in the area of the previous tumor.
The breakthrough technology has been shown to double the survival rate in locally advanced and traditionally unresectable pancreatic cancers, according to a 2015 study in the Annals of Surgery.
“Aurora Cancer Care treats one in every four cancer patients in Wisconsin, more than any other system, and we pride ourselves on delivering the best treatment options available to patients,” said Aaron Chevinsky, M.D., FACS, MBA, director of surgical oncology at Aurora Cancer Care. “The new Nanoknife technology will be a tremendous asset to our team as we care for patients with traditionally inoperable liver and pancreatic tumors, bringing hope for these patients during challenging times.”
Pancreatic cancer has some of the lowest survival rates among all cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for people in the U.S. with any pancreatic cancer is only 8% overall and 29% for those with cancers localized to the pancreas. Unresectable and inoperable tumors such as those that would be candidates for the Nanoknife procedure are virtually incurable with traditional therapies.
The Nanoknife technology was first introduced in the early 2000s at several leading cancer centers around the county, including The Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla, The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and Memorial Sloan Cancer Center in New York.
Dr. Chevinsky, who previously introduced the Nanoknife technology to NJ at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, saw the value of bringing this new procedure to Wisconsin. “It’s a tremendous asset to our community and our patients to now be able to deliver this high level of care that only a select number of cancer centers around the nation can offer,” noted Chevinsky.
The first usage of the new Nanoknife at Aurora Cancer Care occurred in early January, 2017.
To learn more about the cancer treatment options offered at Aurora Cancer Care, visit www.aurora.org/cancer.
About Aurora Health Care
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