Electroporation is a minimally invasive technique based on the use of short electrical impulses and high voltage for the elimination of the cells that form the prostate cancer.
According to Dr. Martínez-Ballesteros, an expert in Focal Therapy with Electroporation and Image Fusion in real time, the starting point is the localization of lesions thanks to multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging FOCALYX Dx, “which, due to its high resolution, allows us to rule out the presence of non-significant lesions, avoiding in many cases having to resort to a biopsy”, indicates this professional from the Urology Service of the Hospital Ruber Internacional directed by doctors Antonio Allona and Juan Ignacio Martinez-Salamanca.
The urologist emphasizes that once we have a map of the prostate that helps us determine that there is a risk of cancer, we proceed to verify its presence through fusion biopsy. FOCALYX® Bx. «By combining the images extracted from the multiparametric magnetic resonance with those obtained live through an ultrasound, we can direct the biopsy to the exact points where the tumor is located. When the biopsy is positive, we must consider the best treatment option for each patient,” says Dr. Martínez-Ballesteros.
As the specialist explains, focal electroporation therapy allows maximum preservation of the structures surrounding the prostate gland. “The fusion of images from a previous magnetic resonance and live ultrasound enable very high precision in the transperineal insertion of small-gauge needles,” the doctor asserts.
The fusion of images from a previous MRI and live ultrasound allow for very high precision in the transperineal insertion of small-gauge needles.
Specialist of the Urology Service of the Ruber Internacional Hospital,
Claudio Martínez-Ballesteros describes that a potential difference develops between these needles that causes short, high-voltage electrical pulses that They directly and selectively attack cancer cells.
Compared to other conventional treatments, this procedure isFocuses on damaged cells, destroying the tumor while preserving adjacent blood vessels and nerves. “In this way, a minimum risk of adverse effects is guaranteed, unlike other procedures such as surgery or irradiation,” says the expert.
«The treatment of prostate cancer with irreversible electroporation (IRE) allows us in many cases to treat tumors in very specific locations where other energy sources are more damaging so it becomes an excellent option for complicated cases”, concludes Dr. Martínez-Ballesteros.