Hyperthermia Combined with Low Dose Radiation

For many patients that have been diagnosed with oral cancer, neck cancer, or many other types of cancers, one of the cancer treatments that has been found to be helpful is hyperthermia cancer treatment combined with low dose radiation or chemotherapy.

When people hear “hyperthermia” they often will assume “hypothermia” which is when the body is exposed to very cold temperatures.  However, hyperthermia is the opposite of the aforementioned and is actually an effective means of cancer treatment when combined with low dose radiation.

Hyperthermia cancer treatment (also called thermal radiation) is a treatment where the temperature of the cancerous tissue is exposed to sometimes as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit temperature in order to kill cancer cells.

According to The National Cancer Institute, hyperthermia cancer treatment,

“is almost always used with other forms of cancer therapy, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy.  Hyperthermia may make some cancer cells more sensitive to radiation or harm other cancer cells that radiation cannot damage. When hyperthermia and radiation therapy are combined, they are often given within an hour of each other. Hyperthermia can also enhance the effects of certain anticancer drugs.

Numerous clinical trials have studied hyperthermia in combination with radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. These studies have focused on the treatment of many types of cancer, including sarcoma, melanoma, and cancers of the head and neck, brain, lung, esophagus, breast, bladder, rectum, liver, appendix, cervix, and peritoneal lining (mesothelioma). Many of these studies, but not all, have shown a significant reduction in tumor size when hyperthermia is combined with other treatments. However, not all of these studies have shown increased survival in patients receiving the combined treatments.”

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