In a blog a few weeks ago, I responded to a series of statements made by a doctor on why he/she decided to treat patients with Oncotherm over Pyrexar. One reason, and I quote "if you Google “oncothermia” you will see plenty of published data". So I put it to a simple test using search terms in 20 peer review journals that focused on cancer. I was called out by Dr. Andras Szazz, founder of Oncotherm and author of “Oncothermia-Principles and Practices”, and informed that the company does not use the term oncothermia in technical papers. Instead I was told that authors use the term “modulated electro-hyperthermia” (mEHT) or “nanothermia”, and that is the reason the search results were so low. I do extend an apology to Dr. Szazz for not being aware of those terms. So I returned to the search criteria and updated the chart below.
The original post, Data does not Lie, Oncotherm... well??, can be found here with the other claims.
Statement: Google "Oncothermia" and you will see plenty of published data that it works.
This is very misleading. In the medical field, published data refers to peer reviewed studies published in reputable medical journals. So we did our own research and typed "oncothermia" into the search bar of the journals listed below. The results compare the number of articles referencing "hyperthermia" vs number of articles referencing "oncothermia". The data spoke.
|Peer Reviewed Medical Journal||"hyperthermia"||"oncothermia"||"modulated electro-hyperthermia"||"nanothermia"|
|International Journal of Hyperthermia||1985||1||3||0|
|European Journal of Cancer||960||1||1||0|
|International Journal of Cancer||367||0||0||0|
|British Journal of Cancer||343||0||0||0|
|Journal of Clinical Oncology||227||0||0||0|
|International Journal of Oncology||153||1||1||0|
|The Journal of the American Medical Association||80||0||0||0|
|European Society of Radiotherapy and Oncology||79||0||0||0|
|Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy||52||0||0||0|
|International Journal of Medical Science||37||0||0||0|
|CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians||33||0||0||0|
|Journal of the National Cancer Institute||32||0||0||0|
|Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology||30||0||0||0|
|Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases||10||0||0||0|
|Journal of Clinical Investigation||8||0||0||0|
|Society for Endocrinology||7||0||0||0|
|Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention||3||0||0||0|
Update: Using the new terms, data claimed by oncotherm systems added 3 additional mentions.
So don't fall for it. 17 Phase III studies show its about Heat, not Hype.