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Wall Street Journal Article

The Wall Street Journal just published an article on Hyperthermia’s resurgence in the medical scene. Although the article lacks to mention some of the amazing results that this therapy produces in cervical, bladder, pancreatic, melanoma, ovarian, breast, esophageal, prostate and head/neck cancers (to name a few), it at minimum brings hyperthermia back in the spot light.  READ THE ARTICLE

The article mentions some studies in the 90’s where outcomes were not as stellar as they are today. This may be due to early lab built equipment and poor protocols had much to do with that data. Today, with our BSD-500 Superficial/Interstitial and BSD-2000 Deep Regional systems at the center of many important phase III medical trials, results can be 2 to 3 times greater when adding hyperthermia to chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Immunology is the real story here. The body is a wonderful cancer fighting device. Heating the cancerous tumors to fever temperatures (42-42˚C) appears to unmask cancer from the bodies immune system. We will see results of this ongoing research and study of the immunological effect in the near future.

Resources: Fever and the thermal regulation of immunity: the immune system feels the heat; Sharon S. Evans,Elizabeth A. Repasky& Daniel T. Fisher