Local hyperthermia in conjunction with radiation or chemotherapy can increase chances of recovery from cancer diseases considerably – without any significant additional treatment risk or additional burden. We use local hyperthermia mainly on tumours that are close to the skin, e.g., breast cancer, skin cancer, sarcomas (soft tissue tumours), head and neck tumours and the affected lymph nodes which cannot be treated surgically.
For this, we use special applicators, which are placed on the skin directly above the tumour, that is to say locally. Helical antennas in the applicators irradiate the tumour with electromagnetic waves, so the tissue is only heated at the site where it is needed.
The healthy tissue surrounding it is not irradiated.
These days, local hyperthermia – also called regional hyperthermal cancer treatment – is supported by a very substantial body of research.
One example is a study conducted in 2010 which was published in the distinguished scientific journal LANCET ONCOLOGY (Vol. 11, p. 561). In this study, an international team of doctors treated 341 patients with very aggressive soft tissue tumours (sarcomas). 169 patients received local hyperthermia in addition to chemotherapy, 172 patients were treated with chemotherapy alone. Concomitant radiation therapies and surgical procedures were also used in both groups of patients. Those patients who received hyperthermia treatment as well remained cancer-free for an average of 30 months after the therapy, those in the group without hyperthermia enjoyed the same condition for only 18 months on average. Further studies exist for many other cancers.
Our experience at the Center for Advanced Medicine, now extends to over 5,000 treatment sessions and confirms the good efficacy and tolerability of this therapeutic method. The cancer cells can be made to die in targeted manner by increasing energy absorption using the specific resonance frequency.
When applied correctly, it is practically impossible to cause burning.
Local hyperthermia: Therapeutic effects
- Thermal destruction of tumour cells
- Acid poisoning of malignant tissue
- Suppression of the repair mechanism
- Potentiation of chemotherapy and radiation therapy
- Stimulation of the immune system
Local hyperthermia: Advantages and properties
- Non-invasive treatment method
- Automatic focus on the tumour
- Painless and without side effects
- Improved quality of life
Local hyperthermia: Indications
- Gynaecological malignancies (breast, uterus, ovaries, etc.)
- Urological tumours (prostate, bladder)
- Malignant tumours in organs
- Deep tumour lesions (brain, lung, kidney, pancreas, etc.)
- Lymph node metastases
- Tumours of the gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, colon, etc.)
- Sarcomas, melanomas, basal cell carcinomas