Hyperthermia Therapy Los Angeles

What is Hyperthermia?

Hyperthermia is a cancer therapy that is approved by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) to be used with either radiation therapy or chemotherapy to treat tumors. Hyperthermia is simply increasing of the temperature of the tumor. Hyperthermia was designed to be a gentle, yet powerful therapy for patients with cancer. Side effects tend to be few and mild.

Our center uses ultrasound technology to increase the temperature of the tumor to approximately 40o to 43o C or 104o to 109o F for approximately 45 minutes per session. The number of sessions is individualized, and typically tracks with your radiation or chemotherapy regimen.

When the tumor is heated, the outer membranes of the tumor cells becomes more permeable, and blood flow to the tumor increase. This makes the tumor more vulnerable to the body’s own defenses, including an immune response. It also makes radiation therapy and chemotherapy work better. We are still investigating the many ways that hyperthermia makes tumors more vulnerable. But here’s what the data suggest.

Hyperthermia exposes neoantigens (these are simply the mutated or inappropriately produced proteins inside tumor cells). The body can then access and mount an immune response against these proteins. Hyperthermia can also cause the release of HSPs (heat shock proteins) that act as signals telling the immune system should attack the tumor.

Another way that hyperthermia helps you to fight cancer is to make radiation and chemotherapy more effective. To learn more, please click on the other sliders on our Website’s Home page.

Hyperthermia can be used to treat certain tumors, please call us to find out if you are a candidate.

Hyperthermia improves your body’s ability to fight cancer

Similar to when you have an infection, your body does indeed mount a response against cancer… and many times it wins. Your body wins against the cancers you never knew you had. For example, a cancer starts with a small number of cells, and if it is vanquished, you remain healthy. Like more serious infections, cancers that evade our body’s defenses can grow and spread.

So what are our body’s defenses against cancer? It turns out they are much like the defenses against infection. Your body recognizes that the cancer is part of you, but it also recognizes that the tumor cells have foreign and damaging elements in the form of mutated proteins and various inflammatory chemicals that the tumor cells make.

Your body can usually mount an immune reaction where certain cells of our immune system attack the cancer cells. In addition, some people’s tumor causes fever. There have been a number of descriptions of very high fevers in patients with cancer resulting in the disappearance of the tumor cells. We are just now beginning to understand the reasons why, in some cases, fever and an inflammatory reaction against the tumor cells can be important ways our body fights cancer.

Hyperthermia has been used for years and is FDA-approved. It was designed to be a gentle, yet powerful therapy for patients with cancer. Side effects tend to be few and mild. In our center, hyperthermia allows our practitioners to use ultrasound technology to direct heat to the location of the tumor, even if it’s deep within the body. This heat disrupts the cell membranes and increases blood flow to the tumor. This makes the tumor more vulnerable both to our body’s defenses, as well as to other therapies. Click on the other sliders on our Website’s Home page for further explanations of hyperthermia and how it can increase the effectiveness of other therapies.

Hyperthermia can be used to treat certain tumors. Please call us to find out if you are a candidate.

Hyperthermia helps your current therapy work better

If you are about to undergo radiation or chemotherapy, you might be a candidate for hyperthermia cancer therapy. Hyperthermia is simply increasing the temperature of the tumor. Hyperthermia is FDA-approved, and was designed to be a gentle, yet powerful therapy for patients with cancer. Side effects tend to be few and mild.

Our center uses ultrasound technology aiming to increase the temperature of the tumor in a targeted way. This causes the tumor cells to become more vulnerable to both our body’s natural defense mechanisms, and to radiation and chemotherapy. Hyperthermia makes the tumor cell membranes more permeable and increases blood flow to the tumor. Data suggest that this makes the cells more fragile and can directly damage the tumor cells. Heating the tumor also delivers more tumor-fighting white blood cells to the tumor, thereby helping the body’s immune system fight the cancer.

Radiation therapy damages the DNA of the cancer cells and causes them to undergo cell death, particularly when they begin to divide and make more cancer cells. Many studies have documented that adding hyperthermia therapy to radiation therapy improves outcomes for some tumors. We are still learning how hyperthermia can increase the effectiveness of radiation therapy. One way this might occur is that the increased permeability and fragility of the cancer cells caused by hyperthermia enable the radiation to more easily penetrate the tumor and to make the tumor DNA more accessible and easier to damage. Plus, hyperthermia itself might damage DNA.

Different chemotherapies act in different ways; but, like radiation, many act to disrupt tumor cell DNA. Multiple studies have documented that adding hyperthermia to chemotherapy improves outcomes for some tumors. We are still learning how hyperthermia can increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy. By making the tumor cell membranes more permeable and by increasing blood flow to tumors, hyperthermia may increase the concentration of chemotherapy in the tumor. This would increase the effect of the chemotherapy on the tumor, but not damage surrounding cells that are not heated.

Please click on the other sliders on our Website’s Home page to find out more about what hyperthermia is and how it can help your body’s natural defenses against cancer.

Hyperthermia can be used to treat certain tumors. Please call us to find out if you are a candidate.

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