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The ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah has produced a five-part series on the resurgence of hyperthermia in the treatment of cancer.  Part 1 of 5 aired this evening and features the Pyrexar BSD-500 Interstitial Hyperthermia System used as an adjunct to brachytherapy in the treatment of advanced recurrent prostate cancer.  Reporter Surae Chinn - @suraechinn asks Dr. Hayes of Gamma West Cancer Services to explain how he and his team use hyperthermia to improve cancer outcomes. See the video and full transcript at www.Good4Utah.com

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As you may know, recurrent cancer is a challenge as the indication often proves to be radio-resistant.  With this in mind, Dr. Hayes has accepted patients that many have given up on.  It is his experience that adding hyperthermia at therapeutic temperatures for one hour will increase oxygenation, increase blood flow and perfusion, inhibit DNA repair and stimulate the body's immune response, making his treatment more effective than other oncologists in the area. Gamma West is able to provide interstitial radiotherapy (brachytherapy) followed quickly by interstitial hyperthermia, in as few as two treatments in a single day.

It is important to share these stories as hyperthermia has proven to change lives and extend life.

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Part 2 of the ABC News series visits two patients with life threatening recurrent cancers.  In this installment, we meet Jack, an avid race car driver whose prostate cancer returned after treatment two years ago.  Jack understands the devastating effects of cancer, he lost four siblings to the disease. Jack approached his cancer treatment like he approached racing, he planned to win. Jack is a winner, thanks to his willingness to seek out the best treatment solution, even though far away from home.

Meet Nicole, faced with the recurrence of an aggressive head/neck cancer.  One solution was to remove her tongue to save her life. Luckily she found Dr. Hayes who offered a different solution. Using brachytherapy and hyperthermia, Nicole kept her tongue and her ability to speak and swallow normally. Both patients are now one year cancer free.

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Both cases were treated at Gamma West Cancer Services using brachytherapy and the Pyrexar BSD-500 Interstitial Hyperthermia System. See the video and full transcript at www.Good4Utah.com

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In Part 3 of the hyperthermia news report, produced by Salt Lake City's ABC station Good4Utah, we meet Randy.  Randy is a great example of what hyperthermia could do for cancer patients around the world.  Randy was diagnosed with rectal cancer that had metastasized to his colon and lungs. The tumor was too large to be surgically removed. As in most cases with cancers this advanced, the doctor's tried to make the patient comfortable with pain killers and recommended hospice care.  I cannot imagine what that must feel like to hear that your life is at its end.

But Randy had an advocate in his sister and, through an internet search, found Dr. Hayes of Gamma West Cancer Services.  Dr. Hayes had a plan, treat the primary tumor with brachytherapy and hyperthermia to provided the best outcome.  Not only did the treatment shrink the primary tumor and kill the cancer, but also the other tumors continue to shrink or have completely disappeared. Randy has a new lease on life.

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I want to repeat this point. The primary tumor was treated with brachytherapy radiation and interstitial hyperthermia.  The metastatic sites of the colon and lung received no treatment, no radiation, and no chemotherapy.  How did the other cancers disappear? Immune Modulation.  Hyperthermia restarted the immune systems ability to recognize the cancer.  Any stray cancer cells that may find a new stronghold in the body were attacked by the body's own immune system.

When I have asked other doctors why hyperthermia is not used in all cancer treatment, the response I get is radiation and chemotherapy work "pretty well".  Our hope is hyperthermia will play more of a role in first line treatment as a non-pharmaceutical radiosensitizer (with little to no toxicity).

The patient was treated at Gamma West Cancer Services using brachytherapy and the Pyrexar BSD-500 Interstitial Hyperthermia System. See the video and full transcript at www.Good4Utah.com

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Pyrexar is working very hard to bring innovation to our products.  But nothing is more important than sharing the message of hope that hyperthermia treatment can bring to cancer patients.  Although there is a long, successful history of this therapy, few Americans know about it.  We want to know why? 

Although hyperthermia system sales have been accelerating in the last two years in Asia, Europeans have had a long history of using this technology. In part 4 we meet Professor Dr. Peter Wust of Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin who has been treating patients with hyperthermia for over three decades. The team at Charité are the world's leading experts in this type of cancer treatment.  You can learn more about the treatment options at the Charité in their patient brochure.

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See the video and full transcript at www.Good4Utah.com

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, currently uses the BSD-2000 3D Deep Regional system to deliver hyperthermia at any depth of the body.

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