Hyperthermia for Cancer Treatment ?

 

From The National Institutes of Health:

 

Hyperthermia (also called thermal therapy or thermotherapy) is a type of cancer treatment in which body tissue is exposed to high temperatures (up to 113°F). Research has shown that high temperatures can damage and kill cancer cells, usually with minimal injury to normal tissues (1). By killing cancer cells and damaging proteins and structures within cells (2), hyperthermia may shrink tumors.

Hyperthermia is under study in clinical trials (research studies with people) and is not widely available.

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Summary of an important experiment:

Two types of thermotherapies, hyperthermia, and thermoablation have been described. The results obtained with an emerging thermotherapy, called magnetic hyperthermia, in which magnetic nanoparticles are heated inside tumors under the application of an alternating magnetic field, have also been presented. In practice, hyperthermia may essentially be used for the treatment of recurrent localized breast tumor of stages III and IV, while thermoablation may be carried out on small localized tumors. Since hyperthermia and thermoablation have both shown efficacy, there is no reason why they should not be used more frequently for the treatment of these indications. Magnetic hyperthermia is a promising thermotherapy, but research still needs to be carried out on several aspects such as the specific targeting of the tumor by the nanoparticles, the control of the heat released by the nanoparticles and the nanoparticle toxicity in order to be able to use it routinely for BC treatment.

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