Newnan resident among first to undergo new procedure to treat liver cancer
Gerhard Scheucher had health insurance his entire career and never had to use it. Then, just a few years after he retired, the health problems started. A battle with liver cancer led him to Piedmont Atlanta to become one of the first in the state to undergo a new procedure known as irreversible electroporation (IRE). The procedure, which uses electrical shock energy in several probes around the tumor to kill cancer cells, can be a safer alternative to the traditional approach of “cooking tumors” which can damage bile ducts, blood vessels and vital organs around the liver. Liver cancer, which more commonly affects men than women, is expected to affect 30,640 people in the United States this year, according to the American Cancer Society.
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