BSD Medical is Now Pyrexar Medical

The complete line of BSD Hyperthermia products are availble thru Pyrexar Medical

South Korea has the eighth highest cancer rate in the world (the US ranks sixth). Tracking cancer statistics in the country is the KCCR (Korea Central Cancer Registry), a nationwide hospital-based cancer registry established by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. According to the KCCR, stomach and colorectal cancer are some of the highest incidence of cancer among men and women in the country. This is an excellent opportunity for hyperthermia to make a positive impact on the citizens of South Korea.

After meeting Korea's strict regulatory standards, two new BSD-2000 Deep Regional Hyperthermia systems landed in South Korea. Pyrexar’s Field Service Manager, Ray Lauritzen, was onsite for installation and training. Joined by local distributor HanBeam Technology, the first unit was successfully installed and ready for operation at the newly opened Healer’s Care Hospital in the city of Busan.  The second installation is scheduled for this week at the YCH Cancer Hospital in Seoul. Both oncology groups were looking forward to treating patients with the new systems.

Pyrexar celebrates product build

Jim Wilkens 1932-1992

My father died 23 years ago today from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was 59. He did not drink or smoke and seemed to live a life in generally good health. His illness and death caught the family off guard.  

Cancer does that. It hides from us; it steals from us.  I reflect on how much his cancer took away from my family. His grandchildren, all graduated from college now, lived their life without his presence. His friends, neighbors, co-workers, customers, lived their lives void of the help, wisdom, and passion that he had to share.

The anniversary of his death stirred me to visit the NIH (National Institutes of Heath)  PubMed website and type “hyperthermia” and “non-Hodgkins lymphoma” into the search bar.  Two studies popped up, showing positive clinical response treating with hyperthermia back in 1996. study 1  study 2

I was surprised at the result. Part of me reflected, “maybe the doctors could have done more,” or “did I miss an opportunity to find a better treatment.”  I take a bit of solace that in 1992, our “great age of information” was still six years away. Google search did not exist.  

Now, there is certainly no excuse to be uninformed. If you, your family member or friend, have cancer, search “hyperthermia cancer.”  You don’t have to be an advocate, just be informed. Find out what the research says about how hyperthermia benefits cancer therapies. If you have your own story about hyperthermia, please share it.

Surviving cancer is not just about you.  It is about those of us left behind.

Not the droids your looking for cancer analogy

Our immune system has mechanisms in place for detecting and destroying cancer cells.  A form of a triggered self-destruct instruction set that tells the cell to stop duplicating and disassemble itself into reusable components.

So, if we know the body can fight off disease and infection, why does it allow cancer cells to survive and grow?  

The simplest explanation is that the immune system does not see these rogue cells. The cancerous tumor uses the biological equivalent of a Jedi mind trick to mask themselves from the immune system. “These are not the cancer cells you are looking for.”  The culprit, according to the researchers at National Jewish Health, is a lipid secreted by the cancer tumor called LPA (lsyophosphatidic acid).  LPA binds to receptors in cancer-killing T cells and makes the tumor invisible.

What if we could make all cancer cells visible to the body’s immune system?

That is what researchers want to do, and they may have found a solution in hyperthermia. It has been shown that when tumor cells are heated up to “fever temperature” (around 41-43˚ C) using hyperthermia, the tumor cells essentially light up to the body’s anti-tumor immune response.  It is also believed that once a specific type of cancer cell is identified to the immune system,  that information is telegraphed through the body revealing and attacking those cancer cells growing elsewhere.  So treating cancer in one part of the body may trigger an immune response everywhere.

Read more about “Immune modulation induced by hyperthermia” in the article Local hyperthermia combined with radiotherapy and-/or chemotherapy: Recent advances and promises for the future by N.R. Datta (et al.) in the recent issue of Cancer Treatment Reviews