Growth and Innovation

NanoKnife –
Cutting edge cancer treatment at Prince of Wales Private Hospital

Prince of Wales Private Hospital has been at the forefront of the technological journey, recognising the need to embrace and progress healthcare technology and have recently introduced a new treatment called Irreversible Electroporation (NanoKnife) that destroys inoperable malignant tumours.

Dr Koroush Haghighi, a Hepatopancreatobiliary and Transplant Surgeon from Prince of Wales Private Hospital explains that until now some tumours, near critical structures, major blood vessels or hard to locations could not be resected completely even with aggressive surgery.

“When a patient is under a general anaesthetic we engage the NanoKnife which has multiple small needle electrodes that is placed to surround the tumour and deliver millisecond electrical pulses to open the cell wall membranes within the tumour. This irreversible damage causes the cancer cells to die, while nearby nerves, ducts and blood vessels remain unharmed,” explains Dr Haghighi.

The NanoKnife technology has been available since 2009 and has been used in almost 100 hospitals globally in the treatment of patients with soft tissue tumours in the kidneys, liver, prostrate and pancreas.

“The benefit of this technology is that we are able to offer a treatment option to patients that are deemed unsuitable for conventional treatments or have limited treatment options,” explains Dr Haghighi.

Di Jones, General Manager of Prince of Wales Private Hospital explains that there is also an added benefit for patients undergoing surgery with the Nano Knife.

“For patients their hospital stay is usually brief. As the NanoKnife spares healthy tissue and causes few side effects, treatments can be repeated if new lesions develop,” explains Di.

A number of NanoKnife surgeries are scheduled at Prince of Wales Private Hospital in the near future.

“We will continue to offer our patients cutting edge technology such as the NanoKnife that provide quicker and more effective surgical options, especially with a faster recovery time,” explains Di.