Hyperthermia For Prostate Cancer

Heat stroke or sun stroke, there are reports in recent times that it can be used to treat various forms of cancer. It is an acute condition that occurs when the body produces or absorbs more heat than it can reasonably dissipate. Under normal circumstances, it is caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures such that the heat regulating mechanisms in the body are overcome and are no longer capable of effectively dealing with the heat

Hyperthermia may actually be used for the treatment of prostate cancer in form of low dose radiation. Some professionals refer to the procedure as thermoradiotherpay, in which the patients are hit with low dose, high-energy beams of heat in order to kill the cancerous cells. Interestingly, what was first of all found is that during the course of the therapy, patients treated experienced no major side-effects, short of minor symptoms like bowel irritation and a little skin reaction in the perineal region.

A study was conducted then, which concluded by its end in the year 2000 that the value of hyperthermia in conjunction with radiation therapy to control locally advanced prostate cancer, especially in its early stages was laudable. More than that, more recent findings have determined that thermoradiotherapy actually proves to be useful in later stages of the disease’s progression. What treatment does is that it improves local symptomatology ? meaning that it slows the arrival of symptoms ? especially of pain and urinary retention. And, as stated, this is done without any significant side-effects.

Amongst other things, one of the most remarkable merits that the treatment of prostate cancer with hyperthermia affords is a striking improvement in the sexual lives of the patients. This is not something that can be boasted about by several other remedies for the carcinoma because most of them result in severe loss of continence and impotence. However with hyperthermia, either on its own or in conjunction with radiation therapy, no complications are recorded, and good results were measured by local control, a disappearance of the tumor, relief of obstructive symptoms, and of course the pain is greatly reduced.

The technique very simply applies about 915 megahertz of microwave transmission through a rectal probe to the infected prostate. It is so simple the patients don’t even have to be admitted for overnight stay in the hospital? and did I say that there were no complications? It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to hang unto the end of your seat while the final results of the final tests are collated and presented. If they come in good, this may very well become the next best thing in prostate cancer treatment.

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