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About Melanoma 

Melanoma is a cancer of melanocytes, pigment-producing cells in the skin, mucous membranes, and a specific part of the eye called the uvea. Although most melanomas arise in the skin, they can also occur in the mucosa of the head and neck, the female genital tract, the gastrointestinal tract, and the central nervous system. Sun exposure seems to increase the risk of melanoma of the skin. The 5-year survival rate of melanoma is >93% overall but drops to about 18% for patients diagnosed with distant metastases. 

Treatment For Melanoma

Depending on the stage at which a patient is diagnosed, treatment options can include surgery, chemotherapy,  immunotherapy, radiation therapy, plus hyperthermia. Like so many other cancers, the initial stage strongly correlates with the risk of recurrence, as well as the outcome of treatments. The earlier melanoma in Los Angeles is diagnosed, the more likely it can be cured.

We Treat All Stages and Types of Melanoma

  • Superficial Spreading Melanoma
  • Nodular Melanoma
  • Lentigo Maligna Melanoma
  • Acral Lentiginous Melanoma
  • Rare Skin Melanomas
  • Eye Melanomas
  • Mucosal Melanomas
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What We Do

  • Target the tumor with ultrasonic heat
  • Do not put fragile healthy tissues including heart, lungs, lymph nodes and any other affected organ at risk
  • Improve the effectiveness of radiation and/or systemic therapy

Hyperthermia Uses Ultrasonic Heat Therapy 

Research has demonstrated that when combined with radiation therapy, hyperthermia increases the likelihood of a complete response in melanoma cancers by upwards of 50%. In broad terms, hyperthermia uses targeted heat to disrupt cell membranes and increases blood flow to the tumor, making the tumor more sensitive and vulnerable both to your body’s natural immune defenses and to other cancer therapies.

Early Treatment Yields Better Results

Hyperthermia can be added at any time to one's melanoma cancer treatment in Los Angeles, however it is most effective when initiated as soon as the patient begins receiving radiation therapy, or chemotherapy. Newer therapies such as immunotherapy might be advantageous for some patients when combined with hyperthermia.

Most patients can expect to tolerate hyperthermia treatment well. There are virtually no side effects, and hyperthermia has no known adverse effects on normal tissue. Adding hyperthermia can maximize the effectiveness of your therapeutic regimen without risking sensitive surrounding organs.

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Hyperthermia increases the likelihood of a complete response in melanoma cancers by upwards of 50% when combined with radiation therapy.

Radiation Therapy Alone
Radiation Therapy + Hyperthermia
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Melanoma Cancer Treatment Statistics

Breast Vernon CC et al. and van der Zee et al., Int. J. Radiation Oncology Biol. Phys. 1996; 35(4) 731-744 Head & Neck Valdagni et al., Int. J. Radiation Oncology Biol. Phys. 1994; 28: 163-169 Melanoma Overgaard J et al., Int. J. Hyperthermia 1996; 12(1): 3-20 Cervical van der Zee et al. Int. J. Hyperthermia 2002; 18(1): 1-12

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