ECT stands for Electro Cancer Therapy. Here is some well-founded information on this advanced and effective treatment for tumour-forming cancers.
Electro Cancer Therapy (ECT) is the treatment of accessible, solid tumours with weak direct current that brings about the necrosis (death) of tumour cells and thus leads to the dissolution of tumours. It is a very effective cancer treatment that does not need any scalpels, radiation or chemicals. Other names for ECT include galvanotherapy, percutaneous electro tumour therapy or tumour galvanolysis.
Cancer cells have a specific biophysical feature - their electrical resistance is significantly lower ( 2500 Ohm). The ECT uses this difference by passing a weak direct current (also called a galvanic current) through the targeted cancer site via electrodes with exactly the right voltage to kill cancer cells but leave healthy cells unaffected. Since an electric currents always seeks the path of least resistance, it only flows through the cancer cells, allowing for unprecedented precision in destroying tumours.
ECT treatment is usually an out-patient procedure, but it can be equally well administered to in-patients. A session usually lasts 1 to 3 hours, depending on the size, nature and location of the tumour being treated. Up to 10 treatments or more may be necessary for large tumours, at intervals of once or twice a week.
Solid, accessible tumors in numerous locations can be treated successfully with ECT. These include these frequently occurring cancers:
- Postate cancer
- breast cancer
- various skin cancer forms (eg malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and others)
- lung cancer
- liver cancer
- pancreatic cancer
- and many more.
But there are also a number of contra-indications, the presence of which would mean ECT must be restricted or not used at all.
Compared to traditional cancer therapy (surgical removal, radiation and chemotherapy), ECT has a number of significant advantages: it works very selectively only on the tumour cells and has few negative side effects and in many cases none at all. In addition ECT can be administered in most cases on an out-patient basis.
There are many scientific studies and reports which support the efficacy of ECT. In addition, ECT-therapists trained by us use ECT successfully in their daily practice. In German-speaking countries alone more than 30,000 cancer patients have already been treated with ECT. In China, the figure is even higher.