Cancer – Treating Tumors Without Surgery

Treating Cancer Tumors Without Surgery

A new kind of cancer treatment is currently being tested on dogs and cats which could one day be a way of removing tumors in humans without surgery. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

This treatment is a treatment that is able to hopefully control the growth of tumors that have not metastasized and have not spread throughout the body

Nick Dervisis an Assistant Professor of Oncology at VA Tech. He says the procedure begins with injecting gold nanoparticles – these are extremely small particles of gold – into a patient’s veins.

These nanoparticles accumulate in the tumor. Then we use a laser to sign on the tumor, activate the nanoparticles, which in sequence, they kill the tumor tissues, so we can kill the cancer without damaging the normal tissue.
The nanoparticles go in the tumor and not in normal tissue, and then we can we can target where the heat is going to go by holding the laser to the correct spot.
he promising thing about this treatment is that you can treat tumors in very difficult locations without having to do extensive surgeries. For example, it’s been tested in humans with prostatic cancer. The laser itself is 1.6 millimeters in diameter, really really thin but you can actually place it destroy the tumor without having to do surgical complications.
We don’t have numbers yet , because it’s a really new treatment. But I’m excited to be part of this experiment because if we can develop this treatment against cancer, we can offer treatment options that are affordable and efficacious for dogs and cats with cancer, but we can also help people with cancer.

I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Cancer - Treating Tumors Without Surgery

Veterinarians are using nanoparticles of gold to control the growth of cancerous tumors.
Air Date:02/05/2015
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Treating Cancer Tumors Without Surgery

A new kind of cancer treatment is currently being tested on dogs and cats which could one day be a way of removing tumors in humans without surgery. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

This treatment is a treatment that is able to hopefully control the growth of tumors that have not metastasized and have not spread throughout the body

Nick Dervisis an Assistant Professor of Oncology at VA Tech. He says the procedure begins with injecting gold nanoparticles - these are extremely small particles of gold - into a patient's veins.

These nanoparticles accumulate in the tumor. Then we use a laser to sign on the tumor, activate the nanoparticles, which in sequence, they kill the tumor tissues, so we can kill the cancer without damaging the normal tissue.
The nanoparticles go in the tumor and not in normal tissue, and then we can we can target where the heat is going to go by holding the laser to the correct spot.
he promising thing about this treatment is that you can treat tumors in very difficult locations without having to do extensive surgeries. For example, it's been tested in humans with prostatic cancer. The laser itself is 1.6 millimeters in diameter, really really thin but you can actually place it destroy the tumor without having to do surgical complications.
We don't have numbers yet , because it's a really new treatment. But I'm excited to be part of this experiment because if we can develop this treatment against cancer, we can offer treatment options that are affordable and efficacious for dogs and cats with cancer, but we can also help people with cancer.

I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.