Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Zapping Cancer

PostedMarch 19, 2006

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Randy Atkins:  Skin cancer cells can be killed without drugs using ultra-short bursts of electricity according to a new study.  In mice, with just two treatments totaling…

Richard Nuccitelli:  …less than the blink of an eye, we're able to eliminate the tumors.

Randy Atkins:  Rich Nuccitelli is an engineer at Old Dominion University.

Richard Nuccitelli:  Typically 10 minutes after pulsing, there's no more blood flow to the tumor, and that blood flow is stopped for at least two weeks.

Randy Atkins:  Nuccitelli says permanent damage appears limited to cancer cells, leaving only temporary sun burn-like skin irritation.  Karl Schoenbach, another ODU engineer, says while more testing will be needed before it can be tried on people…

Karl Schoenbach:  We are very confident that it works for other cancer types also.

Randy Atkins:  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.