Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man with Cancer Wants New Treatment but Saskatchewan Government Says It Can't

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man with Cancer Wants New Treatment but Saskatchewan Government Says It Can't

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Man with cancer wants new treatment

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REGINA - A Saskatchewan man with pancreatic cancer is campaigning to have a new type of equipment made available for his treatment, but the province says it isn't yet covered by medicare.

Dave Romanow was at the legislature on Monday, where he explained several rounds of chemotherapy and two traditional surgeries have failed to eradicate his tumour.

He tells CTV Regina his best hope is surgery with a NanoKnife, in which electrodes are placed around the tumour and 3,000 volts of electricity are used to electrocute it.

The surgery has been around for about a decade but is new to Canada, with one machine currently on loan to the Saskatoon Health Region.

However, the health region said in a statement Monday that the equipment is being used for renal research trials and is not available to patients with pancreatic cancer. …

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