Introduction to hyperthermia – The potential of therapeutic overheating
Hyperthermia undoubtedly represents a meaningful option for treating specific chronic diseases and cancer in various stages. Its efficacy has been documented by global empirical data gathered for decades as well as by numerous examinations and studies on the subject. Scientific data of different evidence levels on the use of hyperthermia for treating chronic diseases are available in the fields of dermatology (scleroderma), gastroenterology (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease), pulmonology (asthma), metabolic disorders, morbid obesity and hypertension as well as rheumatology or immunology and in pain therapy, especially for the treatment of fibromyalgia. The role of hyperthermia has also been examined in the context of detoxification efforts. As can easily be discerned, the feasible application range of hyperthermia is exceedingly broad, and the method – when properly applied – is capable of generating sustained prognostic improvement in a multitude of health conditions, including, but not limited to oncology.
The body of scientific research on the topic of hyperthermia keeps growing. This work covers all levels, from basic research to clinical studies. Extensive studies on synergies with various cytostatic drugs and radiation-sensitizing effects have paved the way for inclusion in clinical routine. The available studies document positive results for patients and encourage further efforts.
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Intruduction to hyperthermia