Standard Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure that uses high frequency, electrical energy and heat to destroy cancer cells.
Standard RFA for cancerous tissue involves utilizing imaging tests to guide a thin needle (electrode) through the skin or through an incision and into the cancerous tissue. The thin needle is used as a conductor to pass high-frequency (radio), electrical energy into cancerous tissue, causing the cells surrounding the needle to heat up. Coagulation necrosis of the cancerous cells occurs within 4–6 minutes at temperatures greater than 60oC.
Standard RFA is an alternate option when surgery isn't possible (due to risks associated with extenuating health issues), or for several small tumors in an organ, and generally works best on small cancers (smaller than 5 cm diameter), although RFA is ocassionally used to treat larger tumors. RFA can be repeated.
Potential side effects of standard RFA:
Potential side effects of standard RFA may include: a general feeling of unwellness for a period of time, discomfort or mild pain, hemorrhage, pneumothorax, infection (although tissue destruction also affects the incidence of infection following RFA), damage to surrounding tissue, and electrode tract seeding of tumor.
Advantage of Qualight's Enhanced Atypical Cell Therapy Solutions (ACTS) RFA:
Qualight's Enhanced Atypical Cell Therapy Solutions (ACTS) RFA system is a non-invasive RFA system that targets certain cancerous cells (carcinoma) with minimal side effects.
Current studies in progress:
Studies involving HR+ Her2+ breast cancer, non squamous cell lung cancer, and pancreatic cancer are in progress.
Current studies commitment:
Current studies involve six, 10-minute sessions over a two-week period of time. Documented side effects include mild, cold-like symptoms (a general feeling of unwellness), ocassionally coupled with a slightly-raised temperature for 12-24 hours as depleted cancerous tissue is removed by the body.
Studies are being held in the Portland, Maine area.
Current studies cost:
There is no cost to the subject for the study. Subject is responsible for travel, room and board, and all other incidental costs during the study duration.
Current studies (rolling admission):
Breast cancer (end stage): email@example.com
Lung cancer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pancreatic cancer: email@example.com
In late 2007, Qualight was pursuing research into the creation of high-K dielectric materials for use in ultra-high value capacitors. The research consisted of combining a mixture of clay-related materials with a barium titanate (BaTiO3) binder, and compressing the mixtures with a 50-ton hydraulic press into discs. Using the relatively new technology of microwave-sintering of ceramics, the discs were encased within a silicon carbide (SiC) enclosure within a modified microwave oven and sintered for varying wattages and periods of time.
During one run, an error led to the collapse of the SiC enclosure during the sintering process. The sample from the failed run was included with the other samples, even though the run was considered a failure. Test results idicated that the sample from the failed run had displayed definitive Meissner properties above 68o F.
After a reconstruction of the failed run, it was determined that the superconductive properties (Meisner Effect) displayed by the sample was the result of the specific recipe, location of the sample in the microwave oven (caused by the collapse of the SiC enclosure), and a dual-catalyst.
Since that time, the team has been working on building and improving the circuitry associated with the reproduction and prototyping of the conditions surrounding the initial discovery.
Recognizing an opportunity:
The discovery of an unanticipated type of room-temperature superconductor (RTS) is not merely a change in the temperature characteristics of superconducting materials, but a paradigm shift in the understanding of materials science.
Qualight is currently engaged in the development of Quartzlite, the first true room-temperature superconductive material, capable of maintaining superconductive characteristics at temperatures above 68o F.