Saturday, February 14, 2009

Hot therapy

My doctor at The Klinik in German told me yesterday that she wants me to undergo something called “hot therapy” when I get to The Klinik for post-radiation treatment.  In the meantime, she said I should continue doing what I’m doing, and start drips with Vitamin C and Vitamin D with minerals on Tuesday.

Hot therapy?  Here’s what I found out about it:

It’s officially known as “regional hyperthermia,” and what it does is expose the body tissue in and around a tumor to high temperatures-- as high as 113º Fahrenheit. The therapy was developed after studies showed that such heat can kill cancer cells directly, as well as apparently make some tumors more susceptible to the effects of chemotherapy, with minimal injury to normal tissue.

Hot therapy isn’t common in the United States, but it has been tested in clinical trials, primarily in Europe.  The main trial was led by Rolf Issels, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Munich in Germany, and supported by the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer and the European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology.

Patients with high-risk soft tissue sarcomas whose tumors were treated with a kind of localized heat therapy and other treatment lived longer without their disease worsening or returning than did those who did not receive hot therapy.

Checked out about 25 months later, patients who’d received hot therapy did significantly better by nearly all measures. Their disease-free survival was 16 months, compared to 13 months for those on chemotherapy alone-- a 35 percent reduction in risk.  Partial and complete tumor responses were seen in 28.7 percent of hot therapy patients, compared to 12.6 percent for those receiving chemotherapy alone.

Patients treated with hot therapy also went an average of 38 months before local progression of disease, compared to 26 months for chemotherapy alone.  That’s a 32 percent reduction in risk.

And in case it sounds a bit on the edge, I found a quote from Barry Anderson, M.D., a senior investigator in the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (NCI is the US government’s main cancer research agency):

“The addition of regional hyperthermia improves the response of these soft tissue sarcomas to the standard chemotherapy. Though we don’t know if these patients will live longer (than those not receiving hot therapy), disease recurrence and local progression are both significantly improved.”

Someone asked me why I’m doing hot therapy now that my chemotherapy treatment is finished.  That’s because I still have enough chemo in my soft tissue that the heat will activate what’s left in my system. 

These Germans have been doing this a long time.

I also started taking On The Rock Nutrition. I don't know where to buy it other than at  I take the The Men's Mix, The Daily Mix and Energy Mix every day. These vegetable, fruit and herb dietary supplements bring down the body’s acid level and raise the alkaline level. Cancer cells thrive in bodies with high acid levels. High alkaline in the body is a perfect  environment to prevent cancer cells from living.

I'll let you know how I feel after my drips on Tuesday.