A newly patented cancer treatment technique that saved a family’s pet Labrador is making its way to humans. The beloved dog had a cancerous mass in his brain that had resisted all other treatment. The scientists used the experimental technique on the tumor and 5 years later the procedure remains a success.
The procedure to treat the dogs cancer known as Glioblastoma, the most common and deadly brain cancer, was treated with irreversible electroporation. Two electrodes are placed into the tumor and about 80 pulses are delivered to the sight in one minute. While typical chemo treatment cannot differentiate between healthy cells and cancer cells, the scientists propose these pulses can be targeted at the specific properties of malignant cancer cells.