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Scientists from the University of Michigan used a new technique to whittle away at tumors inside rats — by employing noninvasive ultrasound waves, approaching the threshold of a major breakthrough for cancer liver patients, according to a new study published in the journal Cancers.
And, with this technique also currently undergoing human tests in the U.S. and Europe, it could be just a matter of time before it’s publicly available.
Early tests suggested that the sound waves successfully decimated up to 75 percent of liver tumor material in the rat bodies, which enabled the little critters’ immune systems to jump into action and beat the leftover cancerous tissues out of existence, preventing reemergence.
I had a spine tumor and Stanford wanted to try this on me. I decided to go with the traditional route, even though the radiation exposure was high, because of the paralysis risk given location.
If the tumor was anywhere else in my body I would have gone for it. Spread the word that this is already being used. It’s a great alternative to CT-guided ablation techniques.
I would have guessed that bits of the tumour would have broken off and spread but obviously not, is that because they direct the energy into the center mass of the tumour so the destroyed material is trapped inside and the surface remains intact?
I hope someday cancer disappears for good, instead of people like my grandmother. Miss her dearly.
With Cancer being so prevalent, I really hope all these developments come together and get applied sooner rather than later. With all these experiments, research, machine learning and AI we should be able to arrive at the best treatments for people living with cancer.