Cancer Treatment - Hyperthermia For Cancer Treatment
What is hyperthermia in cancer treatment?
Hyperthermia is heat therapy. Heat has been used for hundreds of years as therapy. Scientists believe that heat may help shrink tumors by damaging cells or depriving them of the substances they need to live. There are research studies underway to determine the use and effectiveness of hyperthermia in cancer treatment.
How is it used?
Heat can be applied to a very small area, to an organ or limb, or to the whole body. Hyperthermia is usually used with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other treatment therapies. The types of hyperthermia are described in the following chart:
|Type of Hyperthermia||Treatment Area||Method of Application|
|local hyperthermia||Treatment area includes a tumor or other small area.||
|regional hyperthermia||An organ or a limb is treated.||
|whole-body hyperthermia||The whole body is treated.||
Are there any side effects?
Side effects may include skin discomfort or local pain. Hyperthermia can also cause blisters and occasionally burns but generally these heal quickly.
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