Melanoma Cancer Local Hyperthermia
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Local Hyperthermia for Melanoma Cancer
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), we use innovative methods, such as local hyperthermia therapy, to shrink melanoma cancer tumors by using heat to damage proteins and structures within cancer cells.
Local hyperthermia therapy (sometimes called superficial hyperthermia) exposes a small area, such as a tumor, to high temperatures. Heat can be used to damage and destroy cancer cells, therefore enhancing the effectiveness of other cancer treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation therapy, in some patients.
For melanoma cancer, we have used local hyperthermia in conjunction with radiation therapy to help make a tumor more susceptible to the effects of the radiation. We have also used local hyperthermia therapy in conjunction with chemotherapy or targeted drug therapy. Using this method, a warmed solution containing anticancer drugs is either used to bathe the cancerous tissue, or is passed through the blood vessels of the tumor.
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