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    It is well-known that cancer metastases are the major challenge for cancer patients. How does hyperthermia kill cancer cells?

    To form a metastatic tumor, metastasized cancer cells need new angiogenesis. Hyperthermia can inhibit the growth of angiogenine, thus disrupting cancer cells’ metabolism and damaging the genetic materials. This in turn can hinder cancer cells’ proliferation, and prevent cancer metastases and relapses.

          
    Hyperthermia works in synergy with chemotherapy. A combination of them can increase cancer cells’ sensitivity to chemo medicines and extend cancer patients post-operative survival. The role of hyperthermia and chemotherapy in cancer treatment is as if “Hyperthermia is in charge of the center of the tumor, while chemotherapy takes care of the rest parts of the tumor”. The center of the tumor has a poor blood supply, where heat tends to accumulates and most of the cells are hypoxic cells that are sensitive to heat. On the contrary, the other parts of the tumor have a better blood supply, where chemo medicines work more effectively. Therefore, hyperthermia combined with chemotherapy can cover a wider range of the tumor with great effectiveness.

    Hyperthermia works based on the mechanism of biophysics. It has significant effects with little side effects, and can be easily accepted by the patients. The indications of hyperthermia cover a variety of acute or chronic diseases including cancers, rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pelvic inflammation, chronic prostatitis, bronchial pneumonia, etc.

    Hyperthermia still has not been widely practiced in China. “Some people are doubtful of its efficacy, others even worry that it may increase the risk of cancer metastases,” Said Dr. Lu, the head of the Hyperthermia Center at Clifford Hospital. “The truth is modern hyperthermia is very safe and with very little side effects. Only occasional skin burns and fatty scleroma have been reported. But the incidence is very low.”


     

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