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Hyperthermia Therapy

Hyperthermia uses heat of up to 113°F to damage or kill cancer cells without harming surrounding tissue. Clinical trials have shown significant improvement in outcomes when hyperthermia was added to radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a 10 year patient follow-up to a phase III clinical study on soft tissue sarcoma. Patients who received chemotherapy plus hyperthermia had an increased survival rate of 15.4 years, compared with 6.2 years for those who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy alone. Hyperthermia can be used for tumors, parts of the body or whole body.

The types of cancers we most commonly treat with hyperthermia include:

  • Prostate
  • Breast
  • Head and neck
  • Lung
  • Brain
  • Bladder
  • Liver
  • Sarcomas (soft tissue)
  • Thyroid
  • Esophagus
  • Endometrial
  • Melanoma
  • Ovarian
  • Pancreatic

Studies Show Benefits

  • Tumors shrink, making surgical removal easier.
  • Increased blood flow to the tumor allows radiation and/or chemotherapy to work more effectively.
  • Helps the immune system attack the tumor.
  • Hyperthermia in combination with radiation helps to keep the cancer cells from regenerating.
  • A phase III clinical trial showed an increased lifespan when used with chemotherapy.