Treating cancer with hyperthermia is begging to replace conventional cancer therapies in some programs around the world. The benefits and effects of hyperthermia on cancer has been studied by researchers, oncologists and doctors.
Hyperthermia, used on its own or in combination with other cancer therapies, attacks, weakens and even kills cancer cells. The principles behind hyperthermia, are based on the fact that tumour cells cannot tolerate heat in the same manner that normal, healthy body cells are able to. As a result of the heat, cancer cells are destroyed and healthy cells are left unaffected.
Hyperthermia can be used to treat a variety of different types of cancers, located in various parts of the body. Hyperthermia can be used independently, in lieu of conventional cancer treatments or in combination with conventional treatments, such as radiation. When used in combination with conventional treatments, the hyperthermia enhances the effects; for example hyperthermia plus low dose radiation offers a greater success rate against cancer than radiation alone, as the heat makes cancer cells more susceptible to the radiation.
In addition to enhancing treatment benefits, hyperthermia has minimal unwanted side effects. Those side are usually minimal skin irritations, which are well tolerated by the patient. In fact, some patients actually find that the heat treatments help reduce the pain usually linked to cancer.
Clinical trials, studies and research continue, in this promising and evolving area of alternative cancer fighting therapies.
The Angeles Hospital Functional Oncology Program has a leading hyperthermia process, one that is proprietary to Angeles Hospital.