The Importance Of Local Hyperthermia For Cancer Patients
What is it?
Local Hyperthermia is a procedure in which we – using radio waves (which are harmless to the body) – raise the temperature of the area in and around the tumor. This is achieved by a special machine specially devised for this modality of treatment. Treatments can take between 60-90 minutes depending on each special case and area of treatment.
How does it work?
The higher temperature has 2 effects: it expands the blood vessels in the heated area, enhancing the bloodstream in the affected area, which “steers” the white blood cells and the drugs to the tumor while removing more carbon dioxide and metabolic waste. The second effect is that by increasing the temperature inside the tumor to 42-45°C, the mitosis process of the cancer cells becomes faulty by a loss of expression of vital genes, leading to cellular death.
Against which cancer types can it be used?
We believe that local hyperthermia is an essential part of cancer treatment when coupled with other modalities (like i.v. infusions or IPT). This modality of treatment is normally well-tolerated and patients experience some times only some light skin burns (redness and tenderness of the area) that usually disappear after 12-24h.
We believe that chemotherapy given in full dosage can be harmful and impossible to achieve for some patients due to other diseases unrelated to cancer and the patient’s general condition. Nowadays there are a number of medical studies that show that we can achieve similar effects with much lower toxicity by enhancing the chemotherapy drugs with hyperthermia and insulin.