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Treating cancer with electric fields

September 10, 2014 - Health, Research, Science
Treating cancer with electric fields

Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the best-known methods for treating cancer. At TEDMED, Bill Doyle presents a new approach, called Tumor Treating Fields, which uses electric fields to interrupt cancer cell division. Still in its infancy — and approved for only certain types of cancer — the treatment comes with one big benefit: quality of life.

Why you should listen

Bill Doyle is the executive chair of Novocure, a company commercializing a new therapeutic modality for solid tumors using low-intensity electric fields. Recently, Novocure received FDA approval for its first indication, recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), the most virulent form of brain cancer; it is now conducting additional clinical trials.

In 2002, Doyle co-founded medical device venture firm WFD Ventures, which provides financing and business-building expertise to medical device companies with the potential to make a major impact on patient care, working with entrepreneurs, doctors and scientists to improve medical outcomes and maximize the potential of their innovations.

A graduate of MIT, Doyle stablished the MIT FIRST Scholarship for FIRST Robotics Competition participants admitted to MIT.

Video source: https://www.ted.com/talks/bill_doyle_treating_cancer_with_electric_fields