Hyperthermia uses heat to damage or destroy cancer cells. Some individuals may benefit from receiving hyperthermia in conjunction with radiation, chemotherapy, or biological therapy. Listen to Dr. Bernard Eden explains how this advanced technology works.
Dr. Bernard Eden: We’re very excited about a non-ionizing radiation delivery system called deep hyperthermia that is MR guided. This uses a MRI scan to take a picture of the tumor and we can actually heat up that tumor with a, what’s called a BSD 2000 annular phased array hyperthermia machine, and we know from various studies that heat can also have a tumor (inaudible) effect.
It can also enhance the effectiveness of radiation and chemotherapy, and what this machine allows us to do is to see the tumor while the tumor is being heated and we can monitor the temperature of the tumor using the MRI scan and if the temperature falls below a certain level, we’re able to re-steer the heat to that target. So, we feel that this has many benefits for our patients and will help enhance their tumor control.