Twelve years into the course of her breast cancer treatment, a patient underwent reirradiation with hyperthermia as part of a multimodal approach to her recurring disease.
A case report demonstrates that the newly introduced monitor mode effectively maintains temperature within a targeted range in a brain-injured patient with hyperthermia.
Several recent studies have pointed to the benefits of combining hyperthermia with radiation for pain relief and tumor control in cancer patients. In a conversation with Consult QD, Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center radiation oncologist Jennifer Yu, MD, PhD, the founder and Director of the Center for Hyperthermia, shares her clinical experience with hyperthermia.
Combining hyperthermia with radiation therapy produces effective local control of recurrent breast cancer, with manageable side effects, even in patients with extensive disease whose previous therapies had failed, a Cleveland Clinic study has found.
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Clinical studies show that the application of heat to tumors, particularly superficial ones, in combination with radiation produces a better response than radiation alone. The procedure helps address the limitations of repeat radiation for many patients by effectively increasing radiation dose without substantially increasing side effects.