Additionally, the therapy exploits the fact that cancer cells are more sensitive to heat than are normal cells, due to deficits in cooling.
What Is Hyperthermia?
Hyperthermia is a type of heat therapy that exposes tissues in the body to high temperatures, not exceeding 113° Fahrenheit. This is significantly higher than a normal body temperature of 98.6° F. Cancer cells are highly susceptible to heat, which destroys their cellular membranes, and ultimately the cell itself.
Artificially inducing a fever is used to destroy tumors, while limiting the damage incurred to healthy cells. Changes within the cell, and the surrounding milieu, are initiated to make malignancies more receptive to chemotherapy agents and radiation.
Damage to healthy tissue is reduced, and side effects are not as severe, when hyperthermia is used in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments. Cells also become more sensitive to holistic therapies, such as high-dose vitamin C. Hyperthermia is used to address tumors, including recurrent breast cancer tumors and melanoma, that are located just a few centimeters below the skin.
High heat increases the temperature within tumors to increase oxygenation and blood flow. This is significant because oxidative therapies, including radiation and chemotherapy, utilize oxygen to oxidize cancer cells. Heat, above a certain threshold, increases the vulnerability of abnormal cells to apoptosis, a self-protective mechanism of programmed cell death.
Localized/ Regional Hyperthermia
Extreme temperatures, not only kill cancer cells, but can also damage healthy cells. This is why temperatures must be tightly controlled using hyperthermia. This assures that only abnormal cells are affected, with normal cells incurring limited damage. High temperatures destroy malignant cells, along with the surrounding blood vessels that nourish them.
Regional or localized hyperthermia is used to heat tumors and the surrounding areas, and in some cases, the tumor itself. A variety of methods are used, including ultrasound energy, radio frequency, microwave, and magnetic hyperthermia. The temperature, along with the duration of therapy, determines the resulting effect within the tissues.
Radiofrequency Ablation, which uses very high temperatures, is the most common type of localized hyperthermia used today. This method is used to target tumors that are unable to be surgically removed – this is due either to their location or the general health of the person.
Regional hyperthermia involves the heating of a specific body part, such as an organ or limb. The temperature is not high enough to kill cancer cells entirely, but is used in combination with radiation or chemotherapy. It’s also used to target malignancies within the digestive and gastrointestinal systems.
QUOTE“Give me the power to create a fever, and I shall cure any disease.” – Hippocrates
Whole Body Hyperthermia Therapy
True to its name, whole-body hyperthermia heats the entire body at temperatures that simulate a fever. This is why it’s also called fever-range-whole-body hyperthermia. Fevers play a vital role in eradicating infections, which is why it’s best to let fevers run their course, rather than reducing them with over-the-counter medications.
Artificially inducing a fever stimulates immunological reactions within both the innate and adaptive immune systems, including the production of inflammatory mediators, and the increase in activity of antigen-presenting cells.
Fevers promote detoxification, and increase metabolic rate, which accelerates tissue-repair. They also enable drugs to work more effectively, due to their ability to better penetrate tissues.
Hyperthermia and Metastatic Cancer
Whole-body hyperthermia is currently being studied for its effect on metastatic cancers. Body temperature is increased using a variety of methods, including immersion in warm water, heated blankets, or thermal chambers, which look like a human-sized incubator.
Hyperthermia is an integrative approach that is used for the majority of cancer types. The activation of immune cells continues for hours following a heat-therapy session. It is used for other conditions besides cancer, including Lyme disease, cardiovascular disease, autoimmunity, GI disorders, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, and depression.
Benefits of hyperthermia include:
- Boosts the immune system
- Is safe and works quickly
- Is used in conjunction with radiation to increase effectiveness
- Allows for reduced dosages of chemotherapy
- Minimal side effects (is dependent on temperature and duration)
- Targets malignancies
- Does not harm normal cells
- Increases sweat production through evaporation
- Increases circulation via vasodilation
- Induces apoptosis
- Reduces viral load in people with AIDs
- Works as an anti-depressant
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Whole-body hyperthermia is a powerful therapy that induces a natural healing response by elevating the core temperature of the body. High temperatures damage proteins within cancer cells, leading to their demise, while decreasing the likelihood of metastases.
Hyperthermia is used therapeutically for other diseases besides cancer. It reduces pathogenic load by inhibiting the ability of viruses and bacteria to divide and multiply, making them more vulnerable to attack by the immune system. The therapy is non-invasive and can be used in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments.
Have you heard of hyperthermia, and if so, in what context? Let me know in the comments:)
(1) National Cancer Institute; Hyperthermia in Cancer Treatment
(2) Hyperthermia Therapy: Using Heat to Treat Cancer & Reduce Side Effects
(3) American Cancer Society: Hyperthermia to Treat Cancer
(4) Oasis of Hope: Hyperthermia Cancer Therapy at Oasis of Hope – The Place for Alternative Cancer Treatment
(5) Cision PR Newswire: LIFE Health Centers Reports Benefits of Hyperthermia and Natural Fevers for Treatment of Chronic Illness
(6) Life Health Centers: The Power of A Natural Fever
(7) NCBI: Whole Body Hyperthermia at 43.5-44°C: Dreams or Reality?
(8) Immunity Therapy Center: How Whole Body Hyperthermia Therapy Works
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