Pancreatic Cancer

Irreversible Electroporation (IRE)

Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) is a non-thermal cell-destruction technique used when pancreatic cancer cannot be removed by surgery. Non-thermal high energy pulses of electricity aim to destroy cancer cells in the pancreas by giving short pulses of electricity to the tumour. It is applied directly to a pancreatic cancer tumour through special needles. The main difference between this procedure and other thermal techniques for destroying tumours is that it does not produce too much heat or cold and so may cause less damage to surrounding tissue.

In February 2013, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued guidance on this treatment and said: “The evidence that NICE looked at showed that there were risks with this procedure, and that there are still uncertainties about how well it works. For this reason, NICE has said that this procedure should only be carried out as part of a research study.”

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