Other Cancers

Hyperthermia Is an Option for a Variety of Tumors

In this section “Cancers We Treat” we provide information and data supporting the use of hyperthermia in the treatment of many types of cancers, particularly for some of the more common cancers where larger hyperthermia studies have been done.

Hyperthermia is FDA-approved to treat all solid tumors in combination with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. As a result, we can help many patients with a variety of tumor types. If you have a rare tumor or a tumor not specifically mentioned here, we encourage you to contact us. We can decide together whether hyperthermia should be part of your treatment plan. 

How Hyperthermia Therapy Works

The application of hyperthermia to a tumor can have numerous positive effects on cancer cells. Heat disrupts cell membranes and increases blood flow to the tumor, making the tumor more sensitive and vulnerable both to your body’s natural immune defenses and to other cancer therapies.

Hyperthermia therapy benefits include:

  • Increases blood flow to tumors creating a high-oxygen environment, which makes radiation therapy work better
  • Allows for chemotherapy to penetrate deep into the center of the tumor where it otherwise has difficulty reaching
  • Can stimulate an immune response reaction within the tumor improving your body’s ability to fight cancer

Hyperthermia Can Treat Almost Any Area of the Body

Our ultrasound-based hyperthermia technology can specifically treat the face, neck, scalp, and lymph nodes anywhere on the head and neck. We can also treat the breasts, the chest wall, the mediastinum where the esophagus, trachea, and many lymph nodes are located. In addition, treatment is available for the pleura that lines the lungs, and for some tumors in the lungs.

Hyperthermia treatment can also apply to organs in the abdomen and the pelvis. Other treatable areas include the prostate gland, male and female genitalia, and the rectum and anus. In addition, hyperthermia is a viable option to treat all four limbs including bones, the spine, and the axilla (armpit).

Ultrasound energy is used to heat the tumor. We can treat any area of the body where a diagnostic ultrasound can yield useful information. For example, since ultrasound waves cannot travel well through air, you cannot use ultrasound to diagnose a tumor that is deep within the lung. This means tumors in the central part of the lung, such as primary lung cancer or metastases that have spread into the lung and are surrounded by air, cannot effectively be treated with hyperthermia. One exception is if the tumor in the lung touches the chest wall, there is a good chance we can effectively treat this lung tumor.

We encourage you to contact us to determine if adding hyperthermia to your treatment plan can help you in fighting your cancer.

Contact us to help you develop a treatment plan that will optimize
your overall treatment results and outcomes.

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