Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Heat Helps Breast Cancer Patients

WFTV, March 01, 2006
In a recent study conducted at Duke University, 21 women with locally advanced breast cancer were enrolled in the 12-week trial to test whether hyperthermia could help shrink their tumors and if so, by how much. Each woman received radiation therapy for between five and six weeks, with treatments given on five days each week. Then, the hyperthermia treatment was given to each woman twice each week during the five and six weeks of therapy. For the hyperthermia treatment, each woman lay on a specially designed table for an hour, with her breast in a pool of water warmed by heat waves. A majority of the women who underwent hyperthermia along with radiation therapy experienced a significant reduction in tumor size. In some cases, tumors were reduced enough so that the women could undergo lumpectomy instead of mastectomy. In a few cases, the hyperthermia treatments completely eliminated the tumors. Researchers also reported that the women tended to experience fewer side effects with hyperthermia than with standard radiation alone. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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