A DEWSBURY cancer patient has been treated with pulses of electrical current in a UK first.
Alan Speight, 59, underwent high-tech intervention for a kidney tumour at a hospital in Leeds.
Doctors used a Nanoknife to target high voltage shock therapy at Alan’s otherwise hard-to-treat condition.
The procedure was carried out at the Leeds Cancer Centre at St James’s University Hospital.
It is used where tumours are too difficult or dangerous to reach without damaging major organs or blood vessels.
Electrodes from the knife puncture the tumour and deliver up to 3,000 volts to the cancerous cells.
The pulses are contained between the electrodes, which minimizes damage to other tissue.
Nanoknives, so called because the tiny electrodes are a nanometre across, have been used to treat liver and pancreatic cancer in the UK before.
But this was the first use on a kidney tumour and also the first use of the procedure in Leeds.
The treatment took less than two hours and after a single night in hospital, Mr Speight returned home.
Oncology consultant Dr Tze Wah said: “With the type of tumour Alan had, the options for conventional treatment may have destroyed the kidney.
“The availability of this new Nanoknife has revolutionised the way we can prolong the life of his kidney.
“The procedure went to plan and if anything took less time than I expected.
“Alan recovered well and there is every indication the procedure has been successful, but we will be reviewing him closely.”