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TUMOUR TREATING FIELDS - NEW TYPE OF CANCER THERAPY by Dr Nikolay Zyuzikov

Date: 3 June 2016   Time: 15:00 - 16:00

The current forms of cancer treatments (mainly surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy) are effective but often contribute to the complications and side effects. Patients may suffer during and after the cancer therapies. There are risks concerned with the various forms of treatments. Some of them are invasive which has limitations and can cause complications. Others are non-invasive but are known to damage healthy cells in the process and, as a result, shorten the patient’s survival and or quality of life over time. If there is an effective alternative form of cancer treatment which is non-invasive and can slow or reverse tumour progression, by inducing cell death in solid tumours without damaging healthy cell, then the patient’s survival over time will increase together with life quality. This research seeks to determine if low intensity intermediate-frequency electric fields /Tumour Treating Fields (TTF) therapy, which is a new alternative form of cancer treatment therapy, can be used as this effective alternative that can disrupt the rapid cell division of cancer cells, without the associated risks that patients suffer from the current treatments available. Using in vitro techniques, low intensity electric fields of frequencies within the intermediate range (between 1 kHz and 10 MHz) was applied across cultured cells. Disturbance and arrest of cell proliferation were reported in literature and the TTF treatment for certain types of cancers was approved in some countries. The possible mechanisms of the TTF action as well as limitations are discussed.

Location:  PP1 People Palace