A small group of patients with locally advanced unresectable pancreatic carcinoma suffered no major ill effects -- pancreatitis or fistula formation -- after undergoing percutaneous CT-guided irreversible electroporation (IRE) as a therapy. IRE is a nonthermal ablation technology that is safe near vascular and ductal structures.
"These early results represent a good alternative to intraoperative IRE ablation, and offer a safe and feasible primary local treatment for locally advanced pancreatic cancer," said Maria Paola Belfiore, a researcher at the Institute of Radiology, Second University of Naples.
Dr. Belfiore will present the study on May 6 at the 2014 ARRS Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.
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