Hyperthermia for treating cancer

Hyperthermia uses heat to damage and kill cancer cells without harming normal cells.

It may be used for:

  • A small area of cells, such as a tumor
  • Parts of the body, such as an organ or limb
  • The whole body

Hyperthermia is almost always used together with radiation or chemotherapy. There are different types of hyperthermia. Some types can destroy tumors without surgery. Other types help radiation or chemotherapy work better.

Only a few cancer centers in the United States offer this treatment. It is being studied in clinical trials.

Types of Cancer

Local Hyperthermia

Regional Hyperthermia

Whole Body Hyperthermia

Side effects