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A Method and System for Necrosis/Apoptosis Augmentation of Oncologic Surgery

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245710D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

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Abstract

A method and system are disclosed for necrosis/apoptosis enhancement of oncolgic surgery, where cancerous cells of a tumor or tumor mass to be surgically debulked are first killed prior to being removed from within the human body.

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A Method and System for Necrosis/Apoptosis Augmentation of Oncologic Surgery

Oncology or cancer surgery involves surgical treatment of a variety of cancers and tumors at numerous locations within the human body. During the process of surgical excising (surgical debulking) of each cancer from within the human body, there exists a chance of living cancer cells from the tumors leaking into the body thereby providing seeds for metastasis. There is a need for a method and system that kills the living cancer cells in the tumor mass prior to the process of surgical debulking.

Disclosed is a system and method for killing (necrosis) living cancer cells in a tumor or tumor mass prior to the process of surgical debulking. The method and system minimizes or prevents escape of viable living cancerous cells back into the body from the tumor in lieu of surgical disruption during the oncology surgery.

In accordance with the method and system, necrosis/killing of living cancer cells can be employed by means of, but not limited to cryogenic treatment, UV (IR or visible) light treatment, RF, millimeter wave, microwave radiation and/or radio-ablation, asphyxiation, electrocution, hyperthermic treatment, localized insulin treatment, localized potassium or sodium treatment, localized venom and strong acid or base treatment.

The method and system of necrosis/killing of living cancer cells can be applied to small or large masses of tumor in a single or multiple steps of treatment. The large masses of tumor may require several steps of treatment, wherein sections or layers of the tumor

are treated and surgically debulked iteratively until the entire mass of tumor has been successfully debulked. The tumor masses involving organs or other systems undergo treatment on a case by case basis evaluation with special care. Also, treatment of tumor masses involving healthy tissue may involve collateral killing of proximate healthy tissue to ensure all the cancerous cells are killed prior to surgical debulking.

In one example, in accordance with the method and system, a surgeon can employcryogenic means to kill living cancerous cells within a tumor mass prior to surgical debulking in an open surgical pr...