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Hadassah Pioneers New Treatment for Liver Cancer

The Hadassah University Medical Center, for the first time in Israel, has pioneered a new treatment for liver cancer, using a direct flow of high-voltage electric current to destroy a malignant tumor.

Typically, a cancerous growth in the liver proves fatal, but this new procedure offers hope to those suffering from liver cancer, such as Louis Saznovsky, Hadassah's first patient to receive the treatment.

Mr. Saznovsky explains that because his cancerous growth was attached to blood vessels, it was difficult to reach and remove. The new procedure--Irreversible Electroporation--"does not generate excessive heat or cold in the body and can therefore be applied close to blood vessels and vital organs without harming them," explains Dr. Mouhammad Faroja, Hadassah senior surgeon, who learned the procedure at London's Hammersmith Hospital.

Requiring just a few minutes under anesthesia, the electroporation was a complete success. Mr. Saznovsky, left with only a few scars where the tumor had been, has already returned to work.

Date: 12/1/2012
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