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Localized Hyperthermia

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We utilize the latest and safest hyperthermia methods with InfraRed technology instead of the older microwave methods.

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Hyperthermia to Treat Cancer

Directly from the American Cancer Society: "Hyperthermia means a body temperature that is higher than normal. High body temperatures are often caused by illnesses, such as fever or heat stroke. But hyperthermia can also refer to heat treatment – the carefully controlled use of heat for medical purposes. Here, we will focus on how heat is used to treat cancer.

When cells in the body are exposed to higher than normal temperatures, changes take place inside the cells. Warmer temperatures can make the cells more likely to be affected by other treatments such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Very high temperatures can kill cancer cells outright, but they also can injure or kill normal cells and tissues. This is why hyperthermia must be carefully controlled and should be done by doctors who are experienced in using it.

The idea of using heat to treat cancer has been around for some time, but early attempts had mixed results. For instance, it was hard to maintain the right temperature in the right area while limiting the effects on other parts of the body. But today, newer tools allow better control and more precise delivery of heat, and hyperthermia is being used (or studied for use) against many types of cancer."

We utilize hyperthermia technology from Japan. As a matter of fact, it is widely used (in nearly 500 hospitals) there for a multitude of diseases.

How is hyperthermia used to treat cancer?

There are 2 very different ways in which hyperthermia can be used: 

  • Very high temperatures can be used to destroy a small area of cells, such as a tumor. This is often called local hyperthermia or thermal ablation. This is the safest and is the form that we utilize.
  • The temperature of a part of the body (or even the whole body) can be raised a few degrees higher than normal. It also helps other cancer treatments such as radiation, immunotherapy, or chemotherapy work better. This is called regional hyperthermia or whole-body hyperthermia.

Local hyperthermia uses high heat

Local hyperthermia is used to heat a small area like a tumor. A high temperature true-infrared instrument is used to kill the cancer cells by coagulating the proteins in them and destroying nearby blood vessels. In effect, this 'cooks the area' that is exposed to the heat. While the damage is done to the cancer, the patient simply feels a warm sensation that is both comfortable and noninvasive.

 

Recent published study:

"Hisataka Kobayashi, a chief scientist at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, has developed a new method for treating cancer that uses harmless infrared light, a potentially major breakthrough in the battle against the deadly disease.

In experiments, the treatment cured mice in 80 percent of cases with no side-effects. The research results were published online in the Nature Medicine magazine in November.

Kobayashi and his team focused on a special chemical that emits heat when exposed to light. They created a drug that combines this chemical with an antibody that connects to proteins (antigens) on cancer cells. The day after the drug is injected, near-infrared light, which easily passes through the body, is shone on the cancer cells to which the drug has adhered, thus creating heat and destroying the cancerous cells.

The harmless infrared light and the ability of the heat-emitting chemical to quickly metabolize in the body make the treatment "very safe," according to Kobayashi, a graduate of Kyoto University.

In the study, mice with malignant cancer that would normally die within two weeks were injected with the drug. Over the following two days they were exposed to a daily dose of 15 minutes of near-infrared light. Repeating this regimen four times, with treatment performed every other week, completely cured 80 percent of the mice.

Reportedly, practical application of antibodies has already been employed for treating lung, colon, breast and other forms of cancer. Different drugs for each type of cancer can be made.

“The advantages are that it produces no side-effects and the treatment is repeatable,” said Kobayashi. “We want to start clinical trials within the next five years.""

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