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NanoKnife™ treatment

A pioneering technique to treat inoperable tumours

​NanoKnife™​ uses a strong electric current to destroy tumours in the lungs, kidney, liver, breast, prostate and pancreas

About

​NanoKnife™, also known as irreversible electroporation, offers a precise alternative to open surgery for difficult-to-reach tumours. It works by passing a very high voltage current between a set of thin needles positioned around the tumour. This current damages and destroys the cancer cells. NanoKnife™ isn't suitable for all types of cancer. Please speak to your oncologist. 

Need to know

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    NanoKnife™ isn't a knife at all. Treatment involves no open cuts, causing less damage to healthy tissue and helping you to recover faster. The procedure is done under general anaesthetic, meaning you'll be asleep. Depending on the size and location of your tumour, your consultant will use an ultrasound or CT scanner to carefully position two to four thin needles around the tumour. Once the needles are in place, the NanoKnife™ passes electric current between them. This current is painless, but damages the membrane of the cancer cells within the tumour, causing them to shrink and die. The whole procedure takes around 45 minutes.
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. They'll let you know what you need to do to prepare, including how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand. Prior to the procedure, you'll likely have a CT or MRI scan to help determine the size, shape and location of your tumour. Like all procedures there may be some risks or side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
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    Because treatment is minimally invasive, you may be able to go home the same day. However, most patients are cared for in hospital overnight. If you're being treated for prostate cancer, you may need to have a catheter for a few days afterwards. Your consultant will let you know what to expect. Around seven to 10 days after your procedure, you'll come back in for an MRI scan to confirm that your tumour is shrinking. Your consultant will let you know if any further treatment, such as chemotherapy, is required. They'll also let you know when you can get back to your normal routine, including work.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics. 

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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