Cancer of the Head and Neck

head backHyperthermia improves radiation treatment results for head and neck cancer by 42%.(3)

Each year, more than 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer, a disease that can affect the appearance of the face and neck, speech, sight, smell, chewing, swallowing and taste. Many of these tumors are treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. One randomized clinical study has shown that the combination of hyperthermia and radiation therapy improves complete response rate by 42% over radiation therapy alone.(3)

In a clinical study conducted in Italy involving 41 patients (44 nodes) with inoperable Stage IV head and neck cancer, patients receiving hyperthermia and radiation therapy had an 83% complete response rate compared to 41% for patients who received radiation therapy alone, and the 3-year local relapse-free survival rate was 24% for patients receiving only radiation and 68% for those who received both radiation and hyperthermia therapy. (International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics Vol. 28, pp. 163-169.)

 

(3) Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 15, 959-972, 1988.