for males ages 50 years and up (full criteria)
at Orange, California and other locations
study started
completion around



Pivotal study to evaluate the use of the NanoKnife System as a focal therapy option for prostate cancer patients. This study will assess the safety and effectiveness of the device when used to ablate prostate tissue in intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients.

Official Title

Pivotal Study of the NanoKnife System for the Ablation of Prostate Tissue in an Intermediate-Risk Patient Population


Prostate Cancer, Prostate Tissue, NanoKnife System, Focal Therapy, Intermediate-Risk, Irreversible Electroporation (IRE), Prostatic Neoplasms, Irreversible Electroporation


You can join if…

Open to males ages 50 years and up

  1. Is greater than 50 years of age
  2. Has at least a 10-year life expectancy
  3. Has histologically confirmed organ-confined prostate cancer, clinical stage ≤ T2c
  4. Has a PSA ≤ 15 ng/mL or PSA density < 0.2 ng/mL2 if PSA is > 15 ng/mL
  5. Has Gleason score 3+4 or 4+3
  6. Has no evidence of extraprostatic extension by mpMRI
  7. Has no evidence of seminal vesicle invasion by mpMRI, and if suspected, confirmed by biopsy
  8. Physician is able to visualize prostate gland adequately on transrectal ultrasound imaging during enrollment evaluation
  9. Transperineal or transrectal targeted prostate biopsies of lesion, plus 10 core systematic biopsies to include adequate sampling of the peripheral zone correlating with an intermediate risk lesion in the area of the MR-visible lesion

    10. A visible lesion on mpMRI that is accessible to Irreversible Electroporation (IRE)

    treatment (Note: A non-MRI visible lesion detected via systematic standard biopsy will not be considered an exclusion criterion provided the non-MRI visible lesion is singularly located in the contralateral hemisphere of the prostate; is Gleason 6; and comprises no more than 6 mm linear extent of prostate-bearing tissue in a single core on standard biopsy)

    11. Has signed a written informed consent and in the judgment of the physician, the study

    is in the best interest of the subject

    12. Understands and accepts the obligation and is logistically able to present for all

    scheduled follow-up visits

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Has known hypersensitivity to pancuronium bromide, atricurium or cisatricurium
  2. Is unfit for anesthesia or has a contraindication for agents listed for paralysis
  3. Has an active urinary tract infection (UTI)
  4. Has a history of bladder neck contracture
  5. Is interested in future fertility
  6. Has a history (within 3 years) of inflammatory bowel disease
  7. Has a concurrent major debilitating illness
  8. Had active treatment for a malignancy within 3 years, including malignant melanoma, except for prostate cancer or other types of skin cancer
  9. Has any active implanted electronic device (e.g., pacemaker)

    10. Is unable to catheterize due to a urethral stricture disease 11. Has had prior or current prostate cancer therapies:

    1. Biologic therapy for prostate cancer
    2. Chemotherapy for prostate cancer
    3. Hormonal therapy for prostate cancer within three months of procedure
    4. Radiotherapy for prostate cancer
    5. Surgery for prostate cancer
      1. Has had prior transurethral prostatectomy (TURP), stricture surgery, urethral stent or prostatic implants
        1. Has had prior major rectal surgery (except hemorrhoids)
        2. Is unfit for pelvic MRI scanning (e.g., severe claustrophobia, permanent cardiac pacemaker, metallic implants that are likely to contribute significant image artifacts, allergy or contraindication to gadolinium (to enhance MRI))
        3. Is actively bleeding, is anticoagulated or on blood thinning medications, or has a bleeding disorder
        4. Is a member of a vulnerable population such as prisoners, handicapped or mentally disabled persons, or economically or educationally disadvantaged persons
        5. In the opinion of the treating physician, has a contraindication listed in the current NanoKnife System User Manual (section 2.3)


  • University of California Irvine
    Orange California 92868 United States
  • University of Colorado
    Aurora Colorado 80045 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
Angiodynamics, Inc.
Study Type
About 121 people participating
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