A groundbreaking “NanoKnife” operation has been developed to help fight prostate cancer. Developed by AngioDynamics, the procedure uses electrical pulses guided by MRI scanning to eradicate hard-to-reach tumors, delicately opening cell membranes and reducing the risk of damage to surrounding tissues.
Traditional treatments for prostate cancer involve radiotherapy or removal surgery, often resulting in complications. The NanoKnife therapy offers greater efficiency and could soon be used as an alternative treatment option by the UK’s NHS.
The NanoKnife trials saw six successful operations performed by surgeons from University College London Hospital (UCLH), who praised the treatment’s simplicity and speed. It is now thought that in the future, overnight hospital stays could be eliminated, reducing strain on healthcare systems.
UCLH consultant urologist Mark Emberton said: “We are delighted to have been the first hospital in the NHS to use irreversible electroporation for patients with prostate cancer. And at times like this, when the NHS is under great pressure, day surgery avoids the need for overnight stays in hospital and means that we can use our operating theaters more efficiently”.
Meanwhile, Neil Gershon, one of the recipients of NanoKnife therapy, added, “It was completed in a day, which was fantastic. After the effects of the general anesthesia subsided, I felt perfectly fine, with no discomfort. It couldn’t have gone any smoother”.
According to experts, early studies indicate that NanoKnife and similar focal therapies could revolutionize prostate cancer treatment by attacking tumors with unparalleled accuracy. However, the road to widespread adoption depends on the success of more extensive clinical trials.
For the 50,000+ men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, this new procedure offers a beacon of hope, with swift, effective, and minimally invasive operations redefining the standard of cancer treatment and care.
LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology
Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.
LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.
Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.
The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.
Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.
The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.
The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.