Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women and the second most fatal. Approximately 1 out of every 9 women in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. While these facts may be alarming, thanks to advancements in medicine and an increase in breast cancer awareness, the number of deaths resulting from breast cancer has been steadily declining over time.
Breast cancer is commonly detected either by women examining their own breasts, by a physician during a breast exam, or with imaging such as a mammogram or breast ultrasound. Early-stage breast cancer that has a small tumor confined to the breast is often curable. Sometimes breast cancer is detected at a later stage when spread has occurred within the breast, to lymph nodes, or to distant organs. In these situations, the cure rate is lower and strikingly so if the cancer has spread to distant organs.
Common therapies for breast cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormonal therapy. Whether some, or all of these therapies apply to you, the appropriate sequence of these therapies depends upon the specifics of your individual clinical needs.
Awareness and advanced treatment options have increased survival rates. Ongoing research shows hyperthermia delivers effective results when combined with radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. It can be added to your breast cancer treatment plan at any time. We find it optimal to initiate treatment with hyperthermia as soon as the patient begins receiving radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
Improving your therapeutic regimen leads to the best outcome. For all patients, the goal is to choose the right therapy or combination of therapies that lead to the best outcome while minimizing side effects.
Hyperthermia often has no or minimal side effects and has no known adverse effects on normal tissue. Adding hyperthermia can maximize the effectiveness of your therapeutic regimen without risking sensitive surrounding organs. This means the heart, lungs, lymph nodes and any other affected organs are not adversely affected by adding hyperthermia to your breast cancer treatment plan.