Hyperthermia refers to raising the temperature of a part of the body or the whole body in order to produce health benefits or (on the case of cancer) to produce tumor cell die-off. Typically the target temperature is 103-108°F which is just a few degrees above normal. Published research has shown that hyperthermia improves a patient’s response to various anti-tumor treatments (Click to access the National Cancer Institute’s Fact Sheet on Hyperthermia)
When it comes to cancer hyperthermia is not usually powerful enough in and of itself to being about remission, and for this reason doctors including Dr. Steenblock use it in concert with other treatments.
What is Hyperthermia Treatment Like?
During hyperthermia therapy patients often feel quite warm and may perspire heavily. Many experience mild elevations in both blood pressure and pulse which is quite normal. One the hyperthermia treatment session stops elevated tissue temperature, blood pressure and heart rate return to normal.
Need more information on Hyperthermia?
There is a great deal of information on hyperthermia provided by the Society for Thermal Medicine: Society for Thermal Medicine. Look on right side for links to current & past newsletters.