BSD Medical is Now Pyrexar Medical

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

Ascension is the largest Catholic health system in the world and the largest non-profit health system in the United States with facilities in 23 states and the District of Columbia. It is a faith-based collaboration of hospitals, medical practices, and innovators that shares best practices and the objective of developing healthier communities throughout the United States by community outreach and researching means of reducing the cost of healthcare.

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North Macomb Radiation Oncology Center is located in Macomb Township, Michigan, on the campus of Ascension- St. John Hospital Health Center. They are dedicated to providing their patients with the very best in Radiation Oncology services by combining personalized, compassionate care with our extensive clinical experience and cutting edge therapies. In alignment with there treatment goals, the center has added a BSD-500 Superficial/Interstitial hyperthermia system to aid in the treatment of cancer.

BSD-500 Superficial Hypethermia System at Macomb radiation center

This facility has treated not only patients with common cancers such as breast, prostate, and lung, but also many patients with relatively uncommon cancers such as cancer of the head and neck, lymphoma and gynecological cancers. Amr Aref, M.D., is the Chief of Radiation Oncology for St. John Providence East Region and one of the most experienced radiation oncologists in the Metro Detroit area.  Dr. Aref has a special interest in breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and malignant lymphomas and given presentations of his work in those areas at national and international meetings, and they were published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

To find out more about the thermal oncology program at the center, please use the contact link here.

We are excited to see that the Society of Thermal Medicine has added a Clinical Hyperthermia Practice Guidelines Workshop to their conference schedule.  The program is scheduled for Monday, April 29th, 2019, 8:30 - 12:00 am.  Requires STM2019 registration and an additional fee ($75.00 USD). Registration Link

Clinical Hyperthermia Practice Guidelines Workshop
The goal of this workshop is to provide practical training for hyperthermia therapy personnel, including physicians, nurses, radiation therapists, and physicists. All speakers have clinical experience in their fields. Lectures from well-known experts on clinical, physics, and biology of hyperthermia will provide participants a comprehensive overview of practice guidelines to deliver safe and effective hyperthermia treatments. This multi-disciplinary workshop will also include talks on clinical workflow and reimbursement. The workshop is the first of its kind organized by STM and is open to STM2019 participants of all thermal therapy backgrounds.

Title   Speaker
How to Establish a Hyperthermia Program univ of maryland Zeljko Vujaskovic, MD, PhD
Practice Guidelines for Superficial Hyperthermia maryland proton center Jason K. Molitoris, MD
Practice Guidelines for Deep Hyperthermia  thomas jefferson logo Mark Hurwitz, MD
Practice Guidelines for Interstitial Hyperthermia gamma west  John Hayes, MD
Equipment, Planning, and Execution of Microwave Superficial Hyperthermia Treatment  thomas jefferson logo Paul Stauffer, MSEE, CCE
Equipment, Planning, and Execution of RF Deep Hyperthermia Treatment univ of maryland Dario B. Rodrigues, PhD
Assessment of Hyperthermia Treatments based on Hypoxia Imaging duke university  Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD
Clinical Workflow, Documentation and Reimbursement of Hyperthermia Treatments univ of maryland Erika Maynor

 Download Workshop Brochure

 

 

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Siteman Cancer Center now offering superficial and interstitial hyperthermia, using the Pyrexar Medical BSD-500, to their cancer patients. The cancer center is located at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital within the Washington University Medical Center complex in the Central West End area of St. Louis, Missouri.

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Although the system will be utilized to treat a variety of indications, Dr. Imran Zoberi, Chief of Hyperthermia Service and Clinical Director of Radiation Oncology at Barnes-Jewish, is targeting recurrent chest wall tumors.  Treatment  issues for recurrent breast cancer include radiation dosage limitations, post-surgical skin folds, scaring and lesions that can make this form of recurrent breast cancer a challenge to treat. Dr. Zoberi, along with William Straube, Research Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, have been long-time users of hyperthermia as an adjunct to radiotherapy. The new BSD-500 has replaced a retired Labthermics Sonotherm 1000.

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According to a randomized phase III clinical trial (Jones study) published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and conclusions of a meta-analysis published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics, adding hyperthermia to radiation therapy can potentially double complete response over using radiation alone in recurrent breast cancer.

Randomized trial of hyperthermia and radiation for superficial tumors.Randomized trial of hyperthermia and radiation for superficial tumors.
J Clin Oncol. 2005 May 1;23(13):3079-85.
Jones EL, Oleson JR, Prosnitz LR, Samulski TV, Vujaskovic Z, Yu D, Sanders LL, Dewhirst MW.

Hyperthermia and Radiation Therapy in Locoregional Recurrent Breast Cancers: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2016 Apr
Datta NR, Puric E, Klingbiel D, Gomez S, Bodis S.

One of our goals at Pyrexar Medical is to connect and share all of the great advancements in hyperthermia from around the world. We believe that access to information, sharing of data and participating in a global effort can give access to hyperthermia to more people.

We have started a new section on our website called Opinion Leaders.  The purpose of this section is to initiate conversation and make new connections among physicians and researchers currently in the field.  We want to create a community for those centers who want to add hyperthermia to their standard of care. We also believe this may give researchers an accelerated path to clinical studies by offering a larger patient database.

New Opinion Leaders section onthe Pyrexar Medical Website

Current hyperthermia-focused conferences are in place but often lack the critical mass to expand hyperthermia centers in a meaningful way.  There also lacks the global data sharing necessary to move phase III studies forward.  For example, the Hyperthermia European Adjuvant Trial (HEAT) is a randomized clinical phase III study comparing chemotherapy vs chemotherapy plus hyperthermia in the treatment of pancreatic cancer.  Initiated in 2012 and with an estimated enrollment of 336 participants, the study hopes to fully populate sometime this year.  Seven years to generate a viable population study and another two years of data analysis.  Could future studies move more rapidly if we had a global collaboration?

We hope we can advance this concept in the near future.  Today, we want you to meet Dr. Nagraj Huilgol, our first entry in our Opinion Leaders directory.