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Published online: 2012-11-27
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The role of hyperthermia in oncological treatment

Ewelina Rzepka, Mirosława Puskulluoglu
Onkol. Prak. Klin 2012;8(5):178-188.

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Vol 8, No 5 (2012)
REVIEW ARTICLES
Published online: 2012-11-27

Abstract

In oncology, hyperthermia is known as the procedure of raising the temperature of a part or the whole
body to damage cells of the neoplasm or significantly suppress tumour growth. It is applied with other
modalities such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and gene therapy. The article provides an
overview of biological mechanisms of heat-induced cell death as well as radio- and chemo-sensitization
and presents clinical benefits and risks of using hyperthermia in combination with other methods of
oncological treatment. It also discusses various types of hyperthermia and heating devices. The paper
concludes with a summary of current trials connected with the issue and future research directions.

Abstract

In oncology, hyperthermia is known as the procedure of raising the temperature of a part or the whole
body to damage cells of the neoplasm or significantly suppress tumour growth. It is applied with other
modalities such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and gene therapy. The article provides an
overview of biological mechanisms of heat-induced cell death as well as radio- and chemo-sensitization
and presents clinical benefits and risks of using hyperthermia in combination with other methods of
oncological treatment. It also discusses various types of hyperthermia and heating devices. The paper
concludes with a summary of current trials connected with the issue and future research directions.
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Keywords

hyperthermia; oncological treatment; neoplasm; radiotherapy; chemotherapy

About this article
Title

The role of hyperthermia in oncological treatment

Journal

Oncology in Clinical Practice

Issue

Vol 8, No 5 (2012)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

178-188

Published online

2012-11-27

Bibliographic record

Onkol. Prak. Klin 2012;8(5):178-188.

Keywords

hyperthermia
oncological treatment
neoplasm
radiotherapy
chemotherapy

Authors

Ewelina Rzepka
Mirosława Puskulluoglu

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