Brain Tumors May Be Treated Laparoscopically, Study Finds

June 17, 2009

North Carolina (ChattahBox) – A new treatment option for cancer may have been developed, which would allow brain tumors to be attacked a much less invasive procedure than ever before.

The study, conducted by engineers at Duke University, has found a way to use traditional chemotherapy, coupled with intense heat used with a catheter.

The catheter can be entered into the brain much the same way as in other laparoscopic surgeries, with one function allowing for highly detailed 3-D images to be sent, and another to target the tumor directly.

Graduate student Carl Herickhoff is quoted as explaining in Eureka Alert:

“Physicians would inject drug-carrying liposomes into a patient’s bloodstream, and then insert a catheter via a blood vessel to the site of the brain tumor. The catheter would use ultrasound to first image the tumor, and then direct a higher-power beam to generate heat at the site, melting the liposome shells and releasing the chemotherapy directly to the tumor.

“The temperature increase would be about four degrees Celsius – enough to melt the liposome, but not enough to damage surrounding tissue. No one has tried this approach before in the brain.”

The study has been published in Ultrasonic Imaging.


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