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Hyperthermia shrinks tumors

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musiclover
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There are numerous studies in this country proving that hyperthermia decreased tumors and pain in cancer patients. I am intrigued by this especially after a recent visit to Mexico to see the clinics there. This treatment is used in several of them. It was alarming to me - the body temperature is raised to 107 + but after doing some digging, it sounds promising. Don't know if it will help Mark, not sure if it works for mets.

Has anyone heard of this or done this?? If anyone is interested, I'll post some links to the sites I've found (legitimate studies published in medical journals, articles, etc.). It has been used in Germany and Mexico for ages and is being used here in the states at select hospitals.

HowardJ
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I haven't heard about this but please be very careful in your decision making. The tempurature you indicate is around the point where the body's temperature control systems change, and the results can be very serious, even fatal. I'll be interested in reading any links you provide.

Howard

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musiclover
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Howard, I will post more later when I have more time but this is a good site to visit to read what hyperthermia is. http://www.treatwithheat.com/hyperthermia.php?pageid=2

HowardJ
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Thanks for this. Oh I see...it uses a system to heat the tumor directly to kill it. Looks like only approved for skin surface and sub-surface tumors. How would this work for colon cancer?

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musiclover
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It is being used on rectal cancer patients. Just trying to figure out if Mark is a candidate with his mets.

Here's another link that is specific to rectal cancer - http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=13486147
"These clinical data suggest that hyperthermia combined with radiation or chemotherapy demonstrates great promise for the treatment of patients with carcinoma of the rectum."

Here's another link to a recent phase II trial using hyperthermia with rectal cancer patients:
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1191276
Here's a quote from that link "CONCLUSION: Preoperative HRCT is feasible and effective and may contribute to locoregional tumor control of advanced rectal cancer, which is to be proven in an ongoing phase III trial."

HowardJ
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Thank you again for these. After looking over everything you sent it looks like this is very localized treatment, not whole body, so I'm less concerned than I initially wrote. It is interesting but needs further study. And being localized treatment it will have it's limitations.

Good luck!

Howard

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Monicaemilia
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I don't know too much about it except that there is 'a friend of a friend' who is going through this type of treatment in Germany for advanced breast cancer. She has had three treatments ($45,000 a treatment) but has not received a positive response as of yet. I also heard of someone else where it did work. I think these treatments have the same chance of working on us as anything else, luck of the draw. I do agree with Howard that it seems a bit dangerous (but I do admit to being the cautious type). Monica

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