Published last month in the International Journal of Hyperthermia, N. Datta, S.Rogers, S.G. Ordonez, E. Puric and S. Bodis review and analyze ~30 years of studies conducted to evaluate the outcome of controlled clinical trials in head and neck cancers (HNCs) using hyperthermia and radiotherapy versus radiotherapy alone.
The article titled “Hyperthermia and radiotherapy in the management of head and neck cancers: A systematic review and meta-analysis” finds level 1 evidence of the efficacy of HTRT (Hyperthermia + Radiotherapy) over RT (Radiotherapy alone) in the treatment of Head and Neck Cancers.
The most recent study in 2014 by Wen et provided data demonstrating that HT+RT was one and half times more effective than RT alone. Of the 6 studies evaluated the benefit of Hyperthermia as an adjunct treatment had an overall benefit ratio of 1.6.
The evidence that Hyperthermia is an important cancer treatment therapy continues to grow. Adding heat to radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy, shrinks tumors and increases sensitivity to traditional cancer therapies without adding toxicity. Thermal Therapy Works!