Welcome to our Oncologic Hyperthermia practice in Johannesburg.
- We are the only practice in Sub-Saharan Africa offering Hyperthermia to oncology patients.
- We work with your oncologists to offer you the best Hyperthermia solution for your treatments.
- As part of an academic institute we are actively involved in research and clinical trials on the use of Hyperthermia. For more information on the trials that are ongoing, please contact us through the contacts page.
What is Hyperthermia in Oncology?
Hyperthermia in oncology is the heating up of tumours in order to sensitise them to chemotherapy and radiation therapy, increasing the impact of the cancer treatments. Hyperthermia is not a replacement for chemotherapy or radiotherapy. It is used to compliment your available treatments.
Not all types of cancers will benefit from Hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is typically used when the available treatments have limited effects, or if there is a risk that you have a cancer that is resistant to the available treatments. In this case Hyperthermia can be applied before or after your chemotherapy or radiotherapy in order to sensitise the tumour to the treatments and enhance the damage done to the tumour. In some instances the Hyperthermia can also be applied to stabilise the disease and to manage pain.
The goal of the Hyperthermia treatment is to heat the tumour, as selectively as possible, to no more than 43 degrees Celsius.[1,2] The treatments typically last around 60 minutes and are given either immediately before radiation, or up to two hours after radiation or chemotherapy.
Hyperthermia in oncology does not involve the general heating of the body as occurs in a sauna or hot bath. In order for Hyperthermia to be effective, the tumours must be heated and the treatments must be monitored. Raising the whole body temperature at home is not an effective method of Hyperthermia for the treatment of tumours, nor is it recommended.
As Hyperthermia is used to improve the effectiveness of conventional therapies it must be applied in combination with conventional therapies. Therefore the treatments are administered close to, or in and Oncology Clinic.
Hyperthermia is not a standalone therapy and it is not a replacement for conventional treatments, nor is it a cure. It is a tool used by Oncologists to assist in making your treatment protocols more effective.
For more information on how and when Hyperthermia is used please speak to your Oncologist.