Hyperthermia is also used to make cancer cells more sensitive to other treatments like radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Hyperthermia in combination with chemotherapy and radiation therapy is found to be effective for cancers of the head and neck region, prostate, breast, cervix, and rectum, along with melanoma and soft tissue sarcoma.
There are different types of hyperthermia, namely local hyperthermia, regional hyperthermia, and whole-body hyperthermia. Local and regional hyperthermia help in destroying cancer cells in the specific organ, whereas whole-body hyperthermia is still being studied for its efficacy and safety against cancer.
Hyperthermia, when coupled with radiation therapy, can cause damage to the acidic, poorly oxygenated parts of the tumor and stop the growth.
It makes the overall treatment more effective and increases the chances of positive outcomes.
Hyperthermia boosts the effect of certain anti-cancer drugs.
Hyperthermia, when combined with radiation and chemotherapy, can shrink tumors.
Hyperthermia helps reduce the damage to the surrounding healthy tissues.