In this medical health video learn about a revolutionary clinical trial to treat brain tumors. Find out how these electrodes create an electrical field that can kill cancer cells.
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Jennifer Matthews: Silvia Torres fondly recalls the day she met her husband, Daniel. Silvia Torres: It was like magic. Jennifer Matthews: Four children and 14 years of marriage later their love is still strong even through the tough times. Silvia Torres: Thanks God, because you gave us one more day. Jennifer Matthews: About three years ago, they found out Daniel had a brain tumor. He's had three surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, but none have stopped the growth of his tumor. That's why he is participating in a new clinical trial; measuring the effect electrical fields have on brain tumors. Here's how it works. After an MRI pinpoints the main tumor mass, 36 electrodes are strategically placed on a patient's head. The electrodes are attached to a battery pack creating an electrical field. They are worn at least 22 hours a day. Herbert Engelhard: They found in dividing cells that if these electric fields were applied right at the point where they are pinching off, they break. The tumor cells break, kind of explode. Jennifer Matthews: A preliminary trial in Europe found people's lives were greatly extended by the therapy. So far they've lived at least six months longer than expected on average. The Torres family is hoping for equally good results. Silvia Torres: A new opportunity, a new chance for my husband's life. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.