Whole-Body Hyperthermia

What is Whole-Body Hyperthermia Therapy?

Hyperthermia therapy (or hyperthermia, or thermotherapy) is a type of medical treatment in which body tissue is exposed to temperatures above body temperature, in the region of 40–45 °C (104–113 °F). Hyperthermia is usually applied as an adjuvant to radiotherapy or chemotherapy, to which it works as a sensitizer, in an effort to treat cancer.

Hyperthermia uses higher temperatures than diathermy and lower temperatures than ablation. When combined with radiation therapy, it can be called thermoradiotherapy.

Candidates of Whole-Body Hyperthermia Therapy

You may benefit from hyperthermia therapy if you have:

  • Deep tumors that surgery can’t treat.
  • Health conditions that prevent you from having surgery.
  • Small tumors near the surface of your skin.
  • Tumors in a body cavity.

Cancers Treated With Hyperthermia Therapy

  • appendix cancer
  • bladder
  • brain cancer
  • breast
  • cervical cancer
  • esophageal cancer
  • head and neck cancer
  • liver
  • lung cancer
  • melanoma
  • mesothelioma
  • sarcoma
  • rectal cancer

Did You Know:

  • The Whole-Body Hyperthermia for chronic infections and chronically inflammatory conditions were considered standard therapy before the introduction of antibiotics and steroids;
  • A significant number of so-called spontaneous recovery from cancer, are associated with a febrile infection;
  • The research in USA suggests that fever-range whole-body hyperthermia promotes the migration of immune cells into the tumour, and render the tumour more visible to the immune system.