Alternative Therapy Option:
Hyperthermia (including whole body hyperthermia and localized hyperthermia)
Hyperthermia (also called thermal therapy or thermotherapy) raises body temperature to damage and kill cancer cells. The process involves exposing body tissue to high temperatures; 103-104ºF. These high temperatures kill cancer cells and damage the proteins and structures within the cells to shrink tumors, usually with minimal injury to normal tissues.
Overheating cancer cells also inhibits tumor growth. Exposing tumors to such extreme heat makes them “visible” to the body’s immune system, so it is able to recognize and fight.
Hyperthermia may be combined with other cancer therapies, as it may make cancer cells more sensitive to radiation. It can also positively complement other conventional anticancer drugs and medicine. Hyperthermia usually causes minimal injury to normal tissues.
Hyperthermia is shown to be effective (when combined with other treatments) in treating the following types of cancer:
- Appendix cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Brain cancer
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Rectal cancer
Immunity Therapy Center offers two types of hyperthermia cancer therapy: whole body hyperthermia and localized hyperthermia.
In whole body hyperthermia, thermal chambers and hot water blankets raise the body temperature to 103-104ºF. This is often used to treat metastatic cancer that has spread throughout the body. Whole body hyperthermia essentially induces a controlled fever, therefore certain immune cells will become more active and able to fight cancer cells.
In localized hyperthermia, heat is applied to a small area (directly to the tumor). Microwave, radiofrequency, and ultrasound are types of energy that may be used to apply heat. There are several approaches to localized hyperthermia, depending on tumor location.
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