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LRHT Hyperthermia (Oncothermia)


About

LRHT (Loco-Regional Hypothermia), Oncothermia, or electro-hyperthermia was developed about 20 years ago in Germany. Though it is used in many institutions and 15 countries throughout the world, only 6 clinics in Canada have a Class III licensed LRHT device.Hyperthermia is a promising approach and deserves consideration as part of standard treatment in tumour sites.

When used as a complementary treatment, it has been shown to give patients a higher quality of life and longer life expectancy as well. The treatment increases blood and oxygen flow to the area which increases the efficacy of both chemotherapy and radiation therapy respectively.

LRHT treatment is based on two key effects: cellular-level selection and energy absorption induced heating.In oncology,‘hyperthermia’ refers to the treatment of malignant diseases by administering heat. The results from experimental studies indicate that hyperthermia is both an effective complementarytreatment toradiotherapy and chemotherapyand is also a strong sensitizer of these treatments. The aim of loco-regional hyperthermia is to achieve the optimal thermal dose in the tumour tissue. This is generally defined as a temperature elevation between 40° and 45°C. without exceeding the tolerance limits of the surrounding normal tissues.LRHT treatment is based on two key effects: cellular-level selection and energy absorption induced heating.

How it Works

Tumour cells consume more energy than healthy tissue.This means tumours have a higher amount of ions than healthy ones. When radio frequency is applied, the current chooses the easiest path, which is through the malignant tissue. The radio frequency being applied (which is about 10 times lower than a radio broadcasting frequency) conducts best through the malignant cells’ membrane, where there is a high concentration of electrolytes. The radio frequency application causes the liquid-filled membrane to heat up, and therefore it becomes damaged. This can cause the cell to die, or it can trigger the immune system into recognizing the cell is damaged. Triggering immune response causes the body to kill off the damaged tumour cells.

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This illustrates the application of LRHT. A mobile electrode is positioned in accordance with the body area being treated, while a second stationary electrode remains in a fixed position below the patient, integrated within the therapy bed. The modulated radio frequency-RF field (represented by the red lines) emitted by the electrodes, passes through the patient's body. The RF field tends to move predominantly through the cellular pathways with the highest conductivity, which tend to be malignant tissue (tumour). There is a considerable amount of good experimental data, and a clear rationale for using hyperthermia in cancer treatment. Hyperthermia is a promising approach and deserves consideration as part of standard treatment in tumour sites.

LRHT treatment is based on two key effects: cellular-level selection and energy absorption induced heating

What does LRHT treat?

  • Brain Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Head & Neck Cancers
  • Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Recurrent Breast Cancer
  • Hyperthermia with Radiation – Breast Cancer
  • Hyperthermia with Radiation – Pelvic Cancers



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