Hyperthermia Treatment for Cancer Q & A
If you’ve been looking for a natural method for yourself or a loved one with cancer, then you might want to explore hyperthermia in Carmel, IN. Keep reading or reach out to us at Health & Wellness of Carmel to learn more about hyperthermia in cancer treatment. Serving patients from Carmel IN, Westfield IN, Fishers IN, Noblesville IN, Zionsville IN, Lawrence IN.
What is hyperthermia?
Hyperthermia, also known as thermal therapy, is sometimes used in cancer treatment for some patients. The therapy exposes diseased body tissue to higher temperatures which can damage and even destroy cancer cells without significantly damaging surrounding tissues. This may also help shrink tumors. The therapy is under study in clinical trials, so it isn’t widely available, but it is available here at our clinic. Read on to learn more about how hyperthermia could help you.
How can hyperthermia be used to treat cancer?
The therapy can be complementary to other methods of treating cancer, like radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Hyperthermia may make some cancer cells more sensitive to radiation or harm those cancer cells that radiation can’t. Also, the therapy can enhance the effects of certain cancer treatment drugs.
There have been numerous clinical trials on hyperthermia combined with radiation therapy/chemo. Melanoma, sarcoma, and cancers of the lung, head, neck, esophagus, breast, bladder, rectum, liver, appendix, cervix, brain, and peritoneal lining may respond to treatment.
Are there different methods of hyperthermia?
There are different methods, with several being under study, like local, regional, and whole-body hyperthermia. Below is a breakdown of each method:
- Local hyperthermia – Heat is applied to a small area like a tumor; there are different approaches to local hyperthermia:
- External approaches
- Intraluminal or endocavitary methods
- Interstitial techniques
- Regional hyperthermia – To heat large areas of tissue, like a limb; there are different approaches:
- Deep tissue approaches
- Regional perfusion techniques
- Continuous hyperthermic peritoneal perfusion (CHPP)
- Whole-body hyperthermia – To treat metastatic cancer that has spread throughout the body; thermal chambers or hot water blankets can be used in this method of treatment
What are the complications or side effects of hyperthermia?
During a treatment, most healthy body tissues aren’t harmed, but a patient may experience some discomfort, pain, burns, or blisters in or around the treated area. Perfusion techniques can cause swelling, blood clotting, or bleeding, but these side effects are temporary. Whole-body hyperthermia can cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, or possibly rare but serious side effects like cardiac and vascular disorders. The therapy is likely very safe for most patients, though; just be sure to have a proper consultation with a professional to make sure you’re a good candidate for the therapy. You can have a consultation with us here at Health & Wellness of Carmel!
To learn more about the clinical trials continuing on hyperthermia, visit www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/clinical-trials.
How can I learn more about hyperthermia in cancer treatment?
If you’d like to learn more about hyperthermia in cancer treatment, reach out to us here at Health & Wellness of Carmel. We can provide many of the methods of hyperthermia therapy and help you decide whether you’d be a good candidate for the therapy. Reach out to call us. We’re available to take your call anytime Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, and when you come in for your consultation with us, you’ll find our clinic over at 11900 N. Pennsylvania St, Suite 200 Carmel, IN 46032.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today if you believe as we do that hyperthermia therapy can help you with your cancer treatment.