Bath hospital trials new ovarian cancer treatment

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A hospital in Bath is trialling a new treatment for ovarian cancer. Doctors at the Royal United Hospital in Bath are utilising new equipment to treat patients with ovarian cancer. The PlasmaJet Ultra targets cancerous cells without damaging surrounding tissue. Jonathan Frost, consultant gynaecological consultant, explained that the technology uses ionised argon gas to “vaporise tumour from tissue more precisely.”

It is hoped that the PlasmaJet Ultra will help to reduce the length of time patients have to stay in hospital and eliminate the need for stomas in some patients following surgery. 
Mr Frost said that the team was “delighted” to be able to offer this kind of treatment to patients in Bath. The equipment provides enhanced precision to target cancerous cells and destroy tumours while protecting and preserving the healthy tissue that surrounds them. Patients can recover faster and there is a lower risk of needing repeat surgery. Improving the quality of treatment while reducing the risk or severity of side effects can also make a huge difference to the quality of life of patients undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer. 

The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust is one of five trusts in the UK to offer treatment using PlasmaJet Ultra equipment. 
The new kit has earned positive reviews from doctors so far and it could be introduced in more trusts in the future.