Hyperthermia Combined with Radiotherapy Can Improve Pain Control and Survival in Patients with Cancer

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.

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Hyperthermia Improves Response Rates in Recurrent Cancers

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.