Finding out that you have cancer can be incredibly devastating for anyone. However, what can be even more disheartening is learning that your tumor is a non-resectable tumor. If a tumor is non-resectable, this means that it can't be removed via traditional surgical methods. Since one of the most effective methods for getting rid of a tumor is to have it surgically removed, this can be devastating because the person with this tumor may feel that they are in a hopeless situation. Thankfully this isn't the case, and there are still certain things that can be done to help. When it comes to this kind of tumor, people generally have some questions. Here are two questions that people have about non-resectable tumors.
Why Can't They Be Operated On?
There are a few different reasons why a tumor that is classified as non-resectable can't be operated on. One reason may be that the tumor is too large in size. This tumor may be too big to safely removed from your body, either because of it's sheer size and the skin that it encompasses, or because it is attached to an organ and can't be safely removed without removing the vital organ. Another reason why this type of tumor can't be operated on is because of the location of the tumor. For example, if the tumor is wrapped in essential blood vessels, nerves, or other vital structures within your body, it is going to be too risky to remove the tumor. Another reason why a tumor may be non-resectable is because it is has spread too far and covers to much of your body to make removing the tumor even a possibility.
What Are The Other Methods Of Removal?
Even if the tumor can't be removed surgically, there are other less invasive methods of removal. One method is know as nanoknife cancer surgery. A nanoknife uses an electric current to destroy the cancer cells that are located within the tumor. This is done by putting the patient under general anesthesia and then uses small needles to target the tumor and then place the electric current in the tumor, thus attacking the tumor cells. This is a method that is much less invasive than surgery, it is great for targeting only the tumor, it isn't going to damage the healthy tissue that is surrounding the tumor, and it can be repeated multiple times.