Hyperthermia (for use with e.g. cancer)

When you are confronted with cancer your world stands still and upside-down. Besides all treatments that exist you want to take best care of your body and help your body heal. Clinique ImmunoTé offers you Hyperthermia.

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What is Hyperthermia?

Hyperthermia therapy, also referred to as thermotherapy, is the treatment of body tissue with heat. Locally the relevant cells are heated to a temperature between 40 to 45 degrees Celsius with a type of distinct electromagnetic radiation. Hyperthermia therapy is applied for numerous medical conditions among which various forms of cancer.

How does Hyperthermia work?

Thermotherapy has a positive effect in various types of cancer. There are several types of hyperthermia therapy. At Clinique ImmunoTé oncothermia is used. A specially developed apparatus induces an electromagnetic field that is heating up the cancer cells specifically.

The patient lies down on the hyperthermia-bed in which a special electrode is built. A flexible counter electrode is placed on the body in such a way that the tumour tissue is between the two electrodes.

During the treatment, an electromagnetic field is induced that awakens a current through the body. This electromagnetic energy flows mainly through the cancer cells because of their characteristic lower resistance than normal healthy tissue.

Healthy cells are not heated up, only the cancer cells very specifically do, which is weakening them. The tumour becomes, therefore, more sensitive for other anti-cancer treatments. The innate immune system is also stimulated.

Does Hyperthermia have any side-effects?

Local hyperthermia, as provided by Clinique ImmunoTé, has little to no side effects. In a few cases the skin area around the electrodes can become red, this fades a short time after the treatment.

Hyperthermia cannot be administered to people that have metal implants or a pacemaker.

Rate Hyperthermia

The cost of a hyperthermia treatment of 1 hour is €225,-.

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Is Hyperthermia reimbursed?

Hyperthermia is reimbursed in certain specific cases by health insurances. Depending on the type of tumour and your personal situation the doctor will determine the number of treatments to be recommended.

Contact your health insurance company for more information with regards to the reimbursement relevant in your situation.

Hyperthermia in cancer

Tumour cells cannot withstand this heat very well and are damaged or even can die. In different studies it has been demonstrated that the use of hyperthermia can improve the results of standard anti-cancer treatment methods; the tumour has a better blood flow and therefore anti-cancer treatments can better penetrate the tumour tissue.

In addition thermotherapy stimulates the immune system resulting in further fighting of the cancer cells. Healthy tissue can withstand these temperatures and is not affected.

Clinique ImmunoTé offers local hyperthermia with oncotherm devices, a barely burdening way of treating cancer.

Do you want to know whether hyperthermia may benefit you or do you want to make an appointment? Please contact us via the contact form on the website or call: 06-18246130.

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When can hyperthermia therapy be applied?

Hyperthermia can be applied for many types of tumours and any potential metastasis thereof. Hyperthermia has been used for the following forms of cancer with a good result in the following types of cancer:

  • breast cancer
  • melanoma
  • intestinal cancer
  • ovarian cancer
  • cervical cancer
  • liver and colon cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • oesophageal cancer
  • pancreatic cancer
  • lung cancer
  • head and neck tumours

Internationally as well as nationally there is currently extensive research ongoing into the further treatment of other tumours than above and non-malignant conditions such as Lyme disease.

History of hyperthermia

The treatment of tumours and other diseases with heat was already applied in the old Egyptian and Roman Empires. Also Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine, used hyperthermia to treat breast cancer successfully.

Dr. Busch describes the shrinking of a tumour after a high fever -because of an infection- for the first time officially in 1866. He demonstrated that elevated temperatures selectively kill cancer cells and do not affect healthy cells.

Hyperthermia in cancer research

Dr. Coley did research already back in 1891 and could increase the 5-year-survival from 28% to 64% in patients with a non-operable tumour depending on the tumour temperature achieved. A higher temperature resulted in a longer survival. This sparked the interest of other doctors to continue the research with regards to hyperthermia. At the start of the 20th century the first successful scientific studies are reported concerning thermotherapy with cancer.eDr. Coley did research already back in 1891 and could increase the 5-year-survival from 28% to 64% in patients with a non-operable tumour depending on the tumour temperature achieved. A higher temperature resulted in a longer survival. This sparked the interest of other doctors to continue the research with regards to hyperthermia. At the start of the 20th century the first successful scientific studies are reported concerning thermotherapy with cancer.

In 1962 Dr. Crile Jr. discovered that the long term exposure of the tumour to temperatures ranging between 42-50°C kills the tumour without damaging healthy tissue. With the new heating techniques, such as electromagnetic waves, oncologist Dr J Overgaard confirmed the effectiveness of thermotherapy in 2004 in different studies spanning over 10625 patients.

Since the 1980s hyperthermia is also used in the Netherlands. Since 2010 hyperthermia is covered under health insurance for certain types of cancer.