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Hyperthermia Therapy - A medical treatment that uses heat to destroy or damage cancer cells. By exposing body tissue to high temperatures, hyperthermia therapy works to shrink tumors by damaging proteins and structures within cells. Hyperthermia therapy may also help make cancer cells more vulnerable to the effects of cancer treatments like radiation therapy and certain chemotherapy drugs.
Some methods of hyperthermia therapy include the following: local hyperthermia (to heat a small area of cancerous tissue, such as a tumor), regional hyperthermia (to heat large areas of tissue, such as a body cavity, organ, or limb) and whole-body hyperthermia (to treat metastatic cancer that has spread throughout the body by raising body temperature). Hyperthermia is also called thermal therapy or thermotherapy.
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