Benefits of Hyperthermia in Cancer Treatment*
Effects Tumor Cell
In the delicate micro-environment of a cancer cell, heat can lead to direct cell death, shrinking tumor size for easier surgical resection.
Very low to no toxicity is often reported when administering hyperthermia. There is no known toxicity build-up from multiple treatments.
Increase Blood Flow
Increased blood flow and perfusion at the tumor site promote oxygenation, increasing radiosensitivity.
A phase III clinical study shows an increased survival benefit when hyperthermia was added to traditional therapies.
Inhibits DNA Repair
Hyperthermia, in combination with Radiotherapy, will inhibit the DNA repair cycle of radiation-damaged cancer cells.
Heat Shock Proteins
Tumor cells express heat shock proteins when exposed to hyperthermic temperatures allowing tumor-specific antigens to reach the immune system.