The John Kanzius Story
The long term prognosis wasn't good when John Kanzius learned he had a rare form of leukemia.
While undergoing his own treatment he saw the devastating side effects current cancer treatments can have on patients, especially children.
As a life long engineer and executive with a long experience in radio and television, he knew there had to be a better way.
So starting in his garage with hot dogs and his wife's pie pans, Kanzius began working on a theory that a directed radio wave could heat and kill cells embedded with metal while leaving neighboring cells unharmed.
The goal would be a non-invasive cancer treatment that would kill the cancer without the horrible side effects traditional treatments often bring.
The Kanzius radio field is only part of the puzzle. Two other technologies have made the treatment real: Hitting a tiny bit of metal with a laser to create a trillion nanoparticles each smaller than a human cell and finding targeting molecules that would embed the metals only into specific cancer cells.
When the Kanzius field is applied, the metal heats, breaking the membrane and killing the cancer cell without harming healthy cells nearby.
Work on the therapy is now underway in a number of labs around the country, the most notable being the work of Dr. Steven Curly at MD Anderson in Houston and the work of Dr. David Geller at UPMC in Pittsburgh.
Since the beginning the prototype machines have been made at Industrial Sales and Manufacturing in Millcreek, raising the possibility that the treatment could be both a medical and financial boon for the area.
Since 1998 the stations of Lilly Broadcasting have been holding annual telethons raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for this groundbreaking and possibly life changing therapy.