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Whole Body Hyperthermia (WBH)

 
The healing effect of fever has been known for many centuries.  Whole body hyperthermia (WBH) is a new treatment using the well known principle of fever in a therapeutic way. There are different ways of action:
  • Fever to activate the immune system
  • Heat as thermic damage of cancer tissue
  • The thermic increase of the efficiency of chemotherapy 

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Moderate Whole Body Hyperthermia - stimulates the immune system.

The moderate whole body hyperthermia mainly activates the immune system.  This treatment is given when chemotherapy is not appropriate.  We raise the body core temperature to about 39.5 c (103.1 f), which simulates a natural fever increasing the number and activity of natural cells, T-helper cells and cytotoxic T-cells.  This treatment is also used in cancer diseases with special association to the immune system like renal-cell-carcinoma, malignant melanoma and special lymphomas.

Moderate whole body hyperthermia is also used to prevent recurrences.

Temperature Curve during Whole Body Hyperthermia treatment
This picture demonstrates the body-temperature during the treatment. 
 

Extreme Whole Body Hyperthermia - particularly in advanced or metastatic disease.

Extreme whole body hyperthermia is used in combination with chemotherapy in advanced or metastatic cancer.  The body core temperature is increased up to 42 c (107.6 f). 

Extreme whole body hyperthermia is useful in advanced cancer, especially with metastases in different organs, e.g. in the liver, bones or lungs.

Together with whole body hyperthermia, chemotherapy is more effective.  We start the chemotherapy at a temperature of about 41 c (105.8 f).  Very often it is possible to use very low doses of chemotherapy, so side effects of the chemotherapy are kept to a minimum.  Tumours or metastases resistant to chemotherapy can be successfully treated with a combination treatment of chemotherapy and whole body hyperthermia. 

Body  core temperature is increased carefully using whole body waterfiltered infra-red-A-irradiation.  The extreme whole body hyperthermia is a safe treatment.

During the whole body hyperthermia the patient is in a special unit (IRATHERM 2000) and can be reached from all sides.

Whole Body Hyperthermia Unit

Whole Body Hyperthermia Unit