“We’ve known for a long time that heating cancer cells kills them.”
Those are the words of Donald Trump.
No, not that Donald Trump.
This is Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP, CEO and Executive Director of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Falls Church, Virginia.
In an ABC News interview, Dr. Trump – who was then with the Roswell Park Cancer Center in New York — said killing cancer cells with heat is an approach that has merit and should be pursued.
And he’s not the only mainstream oncologist to take this view. In fact, hyperthermia, at least in some forms, is now available at a limited number of cancer centers across the United States.
The slowly growing number of American clinics that offer hyperthermia is a contrast to just a few years ago, when American patients seeking this treatment had to go to Mexico or Germany.
And I know, because I’ve been an enthusiast for hyperthermia since Cancer Defeated first started in 2005. I said then, and I’ve often said since, this is among the top ten alternative therapies that cancer patients should seek out. Back then, I’m not sure if ANY American doctor openly offered this treatment.
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The latest American clinic to offer hyperthemia is Gamma West Cancer Services in Salt Lake City. In April, it became the first facility in Utah to take it up.
Dr. John Hayes, president of Gamma West, said, “We would like to become a regional center of excellence for hyperthermia.” If they do, they’ll be in good company. . .
Benefits of heat can be traced back to ancient times
Hyperthermia has a long history in treating disease.
Thousands of years before Christ, Egyptian scrolls show that heat was used to treat tumors.
The Greek philosopher, scientist and physician Parmenides wrote around 500 BC, “Give me a chance to create a fever and I will cure any disease.”
For centuries, spontaneous tumor regression has been observed in cancer patients suffering from malaria, influenza or any infectious disease that causes a fever of around 104ºF. If you’ve got cancer, an illness involving a high fever may be the luckiest thing that can happen to you.
In the late 19th century, New York surgeon William Coley noticed this, and developed a method of inducing severe bacterial infections in cancer patients to create a fever and rev up the immune system. He achieved great success, but after his death in 1936, Coley’s approach fell out of favor.
Nowadays, the treatment can be done without actually giving people an infection.
“Creating a fever” is a quick, easy description of hyperthermia. In hyperthermia, the fever-like high body temperature is artificially induced. The “fever” kills cancer cells, while leaving healthy tissue unharmed. No microbes are involved.
It’s most potent when used in combination with an intravenous therapy such as low-dose chemotherapy, laetrile (often used in Mexico) or mistletoe extract (the anti-cancer remedy that’s a German favorite). The cancer cells are weakened by the heat, and the herbal or chemical agent finishes the job.
It’s not that the old microbial approach didn’t work. A group of Canadian researchers writing in the journal Medical Hypotheses in 2002 stated that Coley’s toxins “could induce complete regression of extensive metastatic disease…More than a century after its inception, Coley’s vaccine and aggressive approach to treatment may still be one of the most effective immunotherapies for cancer.”1
But it’s not widely used. Artificial, temporary heat is preferred. Doctors have ways of raising your body temperature for a few hours without giving you a viral or bacterial disease.
Proven, yet still not accepted
Even the American Cancer Society states that “Very high temperatures can kill cancer cells outright.” And according to the National Cancer Institute, “Research has shown that high temperatures can damage and kill cancer cells, usually with minimal injury to normal tissues.”
There is even an International Journal of Hyperthermia, now in its 33rd year. There are also international conferences and seminars.
However, hyperthermia for cancer (thermal oncology) is still regarded as largely experimental at this time. Even in Germany and Mexico, where the treatment is most widely accepted, it’s not considered mainstream.
Types of hyperthermia
Higher temperatures can be applied locally, regionally or to the whole body. Most American clinics offer only local hyperthermia, although some may do whole-body hyperthermia. At least one American doctor has told me he does whole-body hyperthermia on the quiet; he doesn’t tell the world what he’s doing.
Hyperthermia can deliver heat both superficially or go deep inside the body.
Locally, it is usually aimed directly at the tumor itself. This can be done by the use of high frequency ultrasound waves, radio frequency electrodes, thin, heated wire probes, hollow tubes filled with heated water, or implanted microwave antennae. Temperatures are usually in the 109 to 113ºF range.
An advanced localized approach is the use of synthetically made, ultra-tiny spheres called nanoparticles. These work at a molecular level to directly target cancer cells. They can interact with cell membranes and intracellular structures, and stimulate a strong immune response.
Metallic magnetic nanoparticles, like iron oxide, have been developed as photothermal (optical heating) agents. In one study, this method was shown to stop further metastatic progression in patients with advanced bone tumors.2
Another approach is to heat up the chemotherapy drug itself to between 107 and 111ºF before administering it to the patient, by washing it through a cancerous bladder for instance.
Regional hyperthermia heats a part of the body such as an organ, limb or cavity. High energy magnets can be positioned over the areas to be healed, or an alternative approach is to remove blood, heat it and then pump back into the same region. This process is called perfusion. The temperature range used is 105 to 113ºF, which is maintained for half an hour to an hour.
Whole body hyperthermia is used to treat cancer that has spread throughout the body, or it can be used for cancer prevention. Methods used include heat lamps, saunas, hot baths and warm blankets to raise temperature to about 104ºF for as much as six hours.
Why is it effective?
Studies now underway are investigating the biological effects of heat on cancer cells.
Higher temperatures have been shown in the lab to:
- push cancer cells towards acidosis. The lower pH decreases their viability and ability to spread
- increase blood flow and oxygenation. Central areas of cancer cells are hypoxic (low in oxygen). Hyperthermia preferentially kills hypoxic cells in an acidic intracellular environment. Increased oxygen also makes them more sensitive to radiation treament
- make blood vessels leaky to allow cytotoxic agents to reach cancer cells more easily. When heated, the cells themselves also become more permeable to any cancer killing agent
- denature proteins
- stimulate the immune system as a whole and specifically against the tumor
- induce heat shock proteins expressed on the surface of cancer cells which helps the immune system to unmask and attack them
- inhibit tumor cellular repair mechanisms
- inhibit angiogenesis (new blood vessel formation) to prevent tumors spreading
- induce apoptosis (programmed cell death). Heat stresses cellular functions of cancer cells. Such cells already have a poorly developed cell structure and are typically under chronic oxidative stress
- Sensitize drug-resistant cancer stem cells that are responsible for cancer making a comeback after it appears a patient is in remission
Promising results from medical studies
Most trials conducted on hyperthermia are done in combination with conventional treatments. It has been used mainly in cancers of the head and neck, breast, prostate, bladder, rectum, liver, cervix, sarcomas and melanomas.
Hyperthermia allows chemotherapy to penetrate more deeply into the tumor. It also inhibits the ability of cancer cells to repair the damage caused by the drug. Cancer cells also become much more vulnerable to radiation damage.
Under these circumstances, it’s not surprising that researchers in many trials have seen a vastly improved success rate in human patients when they use hyperthermia in combination with chemotherapy and/or radiation.
For instance, in a study of 358 patients with bladder, cervical and rectal cancers, complete response rates were 39% after radiotherapy alone but 55% in combination with hyperthermia.
For cervical cancer only, the complete response rate was 57% vs 83%.
In addition, the three-year overall survival rate was 27% in the radiation-only group; this almost doubled in the combination group to 51%.3
In another trial of 59 sarcoma patients, five-year survival for a combination of conventional therapies and hyperthermia was 49%. This is double the expected rate for conventional therapies alone.4
Finding a treatment center
Because of lack of knowledge and the use of primitive equipment, early hyperthermia trials in the 1980s were not successful.
The picture today is quite different, with a great deal of expertise, modern, computerized, highly-targeted technology and positive human trials, yet many oncologists still retain a negative view of hyperthermia. And most have never even heard of it.
It’s also time-consuming, labor-intensive and requires training and skill.
For these reasons – and insurance reimbursement issues – availability is restricted in the US, but growing nonetheless.
Although there are a number of facilities that offer hyperthermia, this is in addition to conventional treatments.
One exception is the Bicher Cancer Institute in Los Angeles. It specializes in hyperthermia cancer treatment together with Intensity Modulated (low dose, targeted) Radiation Therapy. In many cases, although not all, this will avoid surgery, chemotherapy and high-dose radiation altogether.
If you want whole-body hyperthermia (which I think is a must for metastatic cancer). . .AND you want a full program of alternative treatments, you’re best bet is probably still Germany or Mexico. One advantage is that these clinics find chemotherapy is effective at low doses – as little as ten percent of a normal dose – when it’s used in combination with hyperthermia.
This means the chemo has few or no side effects. It’s one of the major reasons to try hyperthermia.
There are many clinics in Germany and Mexico where hyperthermia can be combined with natural therapies such as mistletoe, laetrile, intravenous vitamin C, etc. Our team has visited these clinics many times and covers them in our books German Cancer Breakthrough and The Amish Cancer Secret (on Mexican clinics).