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Hyperthermia Therapy

Hyperthermia Therapy, also called thermal therapy or thermotherapy, is a non-invasive type of cancer treatment that destroys cancer cells by exposing them to high temperatures of up to 113º F. Exposure to these high temperatures helps stimulate blood flow, increase oxygenation and render tumor cells more sensitive to radiation. It may also help shrink tumors by destroying the cancer cells and damaging proteins and structures within those cells.

Hyperthermia Therapy can be used to treat the precise tumor site, specific parts of the body such as an organ or limb, or the entire body. This treatment is almost always used in conjunction with other cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy. By coupling this with radiation therapy, radiation oncologists can increase tumor control while minimizing damage to healthy tissue.

The types of cancers we most commonly treat include:

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

Studies Show Benefits

The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a 5- and 10-year follow-up to a phase three clinical study on treating soft tissue sarcoma, noting patient survival was significantly improved by adding hyperthermia therapy to chemotherapy treatment, with a 5-year survival rate increased by 11.4% and a 10-year survival rate increased by 9.9%.