The use of electric current in the medicine has a long tradition which however, plays a marginal role in Central Europe because of many historical events. It is different in Russia and China: the electro-cancer therapy (ECT) is used quite successfully as a conventional (!) therapy of cancer in thousands of clinics. Also in Denmark, Sweden and Italy the ECT is a well-known and scientifically well-analysed and documented method from which many patients with cancer can profit.
Already in the 18th century the Italian Luigi Galvani researched the influence of weak electric current on organic tissue. The French dermatologist F. J. Darier (1856 – 1938) commented on the curing of malignant melanomas via percutaneously (through the skin) set needle electrodes with a few milliampere.
But only the inventor of the electro-cancer therapy (ECT), the doctor and electrical engineer Dr. med. Rudolf Pekar (1912 – 2004) from Bad Ischl, Austria, succeeded in finding a causal and highly effective treatment of solid tumours. Dr. Pekar researched the impact of galvanic current on cancer cells and carcinomas from the 1950s and refined the „percutaneous bio-electro therapy“ and later the international „electro-cancer therapy“ (ECT) in tireless research work until his death in 2004:
During the ECT weak direct current is conducted directly into the tumours via platinum electrodes, since cancer cells have a higher conductivity than healthy cells and are therefore preferred by the electric current (like water which always seeks the way with the least resistance). Due to the current the tumour cells are destroyed. Metastases are very rare due to the immediate capillary occlusion and the extensive devitalisation, and the surrounding tissue remains nearly undamaged. The destroyed tumour tissue is eliminated by the body or organized in form of connective tissue.
There are different forms of application which depend on the disease. Depending on the symptoms and the position of the tumour, there is the possibility of treatment with surface electrodes or with needle galvanization.