Irreversible electroporation for treating pancreatic cancer

NICE interventional procedure guidance [IPG442] Published date:

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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on IRE for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

  • Description

    Irreversible electroporation is a process that uses electrical pulses to kill cancer cells. It is applied directly to a pancreatic cancer tumour through special needles. The main difference between this procedure and thermal techniques for destroying tumours is that it does not produce extreme heat or cold. This means that it may cause less damage to healthy surrounding tissues than some other procedures.

  • OPCS4.6 Code(s)

    J66.8 Other specified therapeutic percutaneous operations on pancreas

    Y13.8 Other specified other destruction of lesion of organ NOC

    Y53.- Approach to organ under image control

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