Hyperthermia (also called thermal therapy or thermotherapy) is a type of cancer treatment in which body’s tendons and organs are exposed to high temperatures (up to 113°F or 43º C) to causes apoptosis (natural death) of the cancer cells.
Since this heat is applied to only some parts of the body it is called local hyperthermia and is beneficial in treating localized cancers and tumors. The rise of temperature can be obtained by the application of heat radiating conduits. The deep radio frequency localized hyperthermia device applies the heat locally using 2 antennae that are placed over and under the area of the body needing treatment.
Interest in hyperthermia has grown in recent years particularly in oncology as studies have shown that the effect of the high temperatures applied locally favors hypersensitivity of the cells for immune aggression as well as the activity of chemical substances. This allows for greater efficacy in tumor treatment with drugs without changing the dose and even using smaller doses as their effects are enhanced. For the patient this means fewer side effects from these drugs resulting in an obvious improvement in the quality of life of a cancer patient.
Benefits of Local Hyperthermia
- Optimizes the effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation
- Mimicking the physiological defense mechanism of a fever it enhances the patient’s immune response
- Has been known to reduce size of tumors thus facilitating a surgeon’s work or enabling him to operate when initially the tumor was considered inoperable
- In some cases has caused the regression of the tumor
- Can stop the growth of the tumor for longer periods resulting in longer survival and better quality of life
Hyperthermia is effective when applied many times consecutively so if a patient can receive treatment for 2 weeks or longer periods this would make it even more beneficial
Over 2,000 years ago, the famous Greek physician, Parmenides, stated “Give me a chance to create fever, and I will cure any disease.” This traditional wisdom has certainly stood the test of time