Hyperthermia treatment for cancer

Hyperthermia treatment for cancer

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Credit: PETER MENZEL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Patient being prepared for an experimental form of cancer treatment using hyperthermia (heat treatment). Here, the patient's neck is being positioned under a radio source. The Selectotherm machine, developed by Manfred von Ardenne at the Dresden Institute, East Germany, uses radio waves to treat malignant tumours. In the 1960's, it was found that cancerous cells were more susceptible to destruction by heat than normal tissue. This treatment is used in a controversial "multi-step cancer therapy", which involves acidification of the cancer cells (to restrict the tumour's blood supply) before raising the body temperature to 40 degrees C and the tumour to 42.5 degrees C.

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Keywords: cancer therapy, healthcare, hyperthermia, hyperthermia cancer treatment, medical, medicine, treatment

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