Hyperthermia, Chemotherapy Aid High-risk Cancer Patients

OCTOBER 01, 2007
Susan Farley

A combination therapy involving chemotherapy, local hyperthermia, and surgery has proven effective for high-risk patients with low-lying soft tissue sarcomas, according to a new study from the Clinical Cooperation Group Hyperthermia.

In the first-ever randomized, worldwide phase 3 study testing the efficacy of this particular treatment, 341 patients were followed to determine tumor response and survival rates. In the local, deep hyperthermia portion of the treatment, electromagnetic waves heat the tumors to 40? C to 44? C, at which point they begin to die and are more vulnerable to the body's natural immune system, as well as radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Results of the trial showed a "significant improvement" in tumor response and patient survival.



SHARE THIS SHARE THIS
0

A Fast, Easy Way to Inform Parents About Vaccinations

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have prepared an informational video on this topic.

Pharmacy Times Strategic Alliance
 

Pharmacist Education
Clinical features with downloadable PDFs


Next-Generation Pharmacist® Awards


SIGN UP FOR THE PHARMACY TIMES NEWSLETTER
Personalize the information you receive by selecting targeted content and special offers.