Our Goal is to raise $800 000 for NanoKnife Research. This ensures Dr. Oliver Bathe will have enough funds to purchase the probes required to perform the NanoKnife surgery on 30 Albertans with Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer. For donations greater than $25 a taxable receipt will be available.
What will happen or not happen if you don’t move forward with this research? At the present time, IRE is unavailable to patients in Alberta. Some individuals have traveled long distances and spent large amounts of money to access IRE. Without funding, it will continue to be unavailable, and patients with unresectable pancreatic cancer will receive the more standard chemotherapy.
Surgery is the only hope for cure. Unfortunately, most patients with pancreatic cancer are not candidates for surgery. Their disease is unresectable. This research involves testing a new and promising treatment for unresectable pancreatic cancer: irreversible electroporation (IRE). With IRE, a large electrical voltage is delivered to the tumor, which kills tumor cells by punching holes in the tumor cells (without causing collateral damage to normal cells).