Loco-Regional Hyperthermia: A Powerful Treatment for Cancer
Learn how heat is induced to damage or kill cancer cells. What you NEED to know.
HealthSource Integrative Medical Centre is proud and thrilled to announce that the 6th Hyperthermia (Oncotherm) machine in Canada, and the 2nd in Ontario, is now in Waterloo Region. This means we now have a powerful and advanced ally for cancer care. Hyperthermia has proven its benefits through over 100,000 treatments each year in medical centres and hospitals worldwide. It has been used in Germany for many decades as standard cancer care that works alongside conventional radiation and chemotherapy treatments. The therapy can deliver increased survival times, and the National Cancer Institute acknowledges the power of this therapy in shrinking tumors.
Hyperthermia is a Health Canada Approved, Effective, Non-Invasive Therapy In the Fight Against Cancer
Hyperthermia is the principle of heating a body tissue to high temperatures (over 42°C). Research has shown that high temperatures can damage and kill cancer cells, usually with minimal injury to normal tissues. By killing cancer cells and damaging proteins and structures within cells, hyperthermia may shrink tumors.
One of the most significant effects of LRHT is its ability to sensitize cancer cells to chemotherapy (chemo-sensitization). The positive results of phase II & III clinical trials have established that LRHT plus chemotherapy allows the chemotherapy to better target the heated tumor.
What types of cancer does Loco-Regional Hyperthermia work for?
Numerous clinical trials have shown a beneficial effect on many different types of cancer both primary and metastatic malignancies. Oncotherm has the ability to target both superficial cancers of the body, as well as deep cancers.
-Superficial: the head & neck area and surrounding lymph nodes, breast, chest wall, esophagus, superficial malignant sites (i.e. melanoma), and which would also include the brain
-Deep: bladder, cervix, rectum & colon, kidneys, liver, lungs, ovaries, uterus, pancreas, peritoneum, prostate, stomach, and deep within the bones, lymph nodes, and surrounding soft tissues (i.e. sarcoma).
How does Hyperthermia work against tumour cells?
LRHT is designed to selectively heat targeted cancer tissue to higher temperatures in a safe and controlled manner. Microbiological tests have demonstrated that in a malignant tumour cell, the ionic (electrolyte) concentrations in the outermost layer are very different from healthy cells. Consequently, the malignant cell has greater electrical conductivity and permittivity than healthy cells.
In addition to apoptosis (cell death), localized heating of the tissue has several other critical effects on malignant cells:
- reduced tumor growth and invasion
-chemo-sensitization & targeted drug uptake
-radio-sensitization & apoptosis induction
- immune induction
- activation of tumor suppressor genes
In addition, LRHT has applications post-surgically to treat potential rogue cells liberated by biopsy or surgery.
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Is it safe?
LRHT is safe for both patients and operators. The patient will feel comfortable throughout the procedure. Clinical trials have shown minimal adverse effects and risk with treatment. Continuous monitoring throughout treatment by our doctors and staff ensure that patient comfort is maximal. Effects from treatment are usually restricted to a surface reddening of the skin.
Can other therapies be used in conjunction?
LRHT is meant to be used in conjunction with other therapies. It helps them work better! LRHT potentiates chemotherapy and radiation while mitigating side effects. Even a tumour which has developed a resistance to chemotherapy and radiation, may respond again to these therapies following LRHT treatment.
Are there studies on Hyperthermia and LRHT as a treatment?
Yes! Please see www.teneovita.com for a multitude of trials.
I have cancer and want to know if hyperthermia or other integrative cancer therapies can help.
At HealthSource Integrative Medical Centre, Dr Michael Reid ND (Naturopathic Doctor), FABNO (Board Certified in Naturopathic Oncology), consults with each and every cancer care patient, and tailors an effective plan for each patient in order to provide the best possible outcomes. He strategically integrates evidence-based therapies to guide candidates to the best personalized methods of treatment.
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