Hyperthermia is the therapeutic application of heat to treat cancer or other conditions. Heat preferentially induces cancer cell death through an array of complex biological mechanisms including cell toxicity and immune-stimulation. According to research, hyperthermia damages proteins vital to the replication and maintenance of cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed. Like many natural anti-cancer treatments, hyperthermia is synergistic with chemotherapy and radiation. In fact, many clinical trials show increased tumor shrinkage when Hyperthermia is combined with chemotherapy and radiation. Hyperthermia may be combined with high dose intravenous vitamin C for an enhanced effect. Demonstrated benefits of Hyperthermia include:
- Enhances immune performance
- Increases heat shock protein
- Increases delivery of medicine into cancer cells
- Helps reduce chemotherapy resistance
- Helps reduce radiation resistance
- Direct damage to cancer cells
- Enhances apoptosis
Patients recommended for Hyperthermia receive MAAT Thermal Therapy TM, a patented form of whole body hyperthermia. Whole body hyperthermia is used primarily for metastatic disease, where cancer cells have spread to distant areas of the body. During the procedure your body is heated from an average temperature of 98.6oF to a core temperature of 104oF using an infrared heat wrap device. Infrared energy is directed through the skin into the internal organs. Once the desired body temperature is reached, usually requiring two hours, the wrap stays in place to maintain the temperature for an additional two hours. The temperature is adjusted for additional heating or cooling as necessary. To ensure safety, vital signs are monitored throughout the procedure; and care is given to maintain adequate hydration and comfort. Treatments are recommended once a week.
Hyperthermia also has applications for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis, and detoxification.
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