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About Metastases

When a cancerous tumor grows, it sheds cancer cells into the lymphatic system and into the blood. Usually, these cancerous cells are destroyed by our immune system or other mechanisms. However, sometimes the cancerous cells do spread. For this reason, early stage diagnoses provide a better chance of cure. As tumors grow in size and more cells are shed cancer can spread to lymph nodes or distant organs. When this happens, the chance of cure decreases. Different tumor types tend to spread to specific lymph nodes and organs. There is no certainty about where any given type of cancer can spread.

More About Cancer And Lymph Nodes

The lymphatic system is part of the immune system, and is designed to filter infectious agents and cellular waste. Most cancerous tumors shed cancerous cells first to lymph nodes closest to the tumor. If the cancerous cells are not destroyed in the lymph node, they can take up residence within one or more lymph nodes, allowing new tumors to grow.

Cancer Can Metastasize to Distant Organs

When metastasis to distant organs occurs, the chance for cure is typically much lower. Many factors determine whether new tumors can form in any number of distant organs. For most cancer types, there tend to be specific organs where metastases are likely to occur. A common organ where a variety of cancers can spread is the liver. As a result, the liver is a common site treated by hyperthermia therapy.

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Hyperthermia Can Treat These Metastatic Cancer Sites:

  • Lymph nodes
  • Liver
  • Spleen
  • Abdominal cavity (carcinomatosis)
  • Chest wall in breast cancer and in other cancers
  • Bone
  • Skin
  • Other organs

What We Do

  • Target the tumor using heat therapy
  • Keep fragile healthy tissues including heart, lungs, lymph nodes and any other affected organ safe
  • Improve the effectiveness of radiation and/or systemic therapy

How Hyperthermia Therapy Works

Hyperthermia is a local, non-invasive heat therapy that treats specific sites of tumors in the body. Heat disrupts 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. Hyperthermia therapy is usually combined with chemotherapy or radiation therapy to treat lymph nodes or distant organs where cancer has spread. 

Hyperthermia therapy benefits include:

  • Higher blood flow to tumors that creates a high-oxygen environment, making radiation therapy more potent
  • Allows for chemotherapy to penetrate deep into the center of the tumor where it normally couldn’t
  • May provoke an immune response reaction within the tumor, improving your body’s ability to fight cancer
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Hyperthermia Improves Treatment Outcomes of Metastatic Cancer

The best cancer treatment plans contain the right combination of therapies that have the best chance of results and minimal side effects. Adding hyperthermia maximizes the power of your therapeutic regimen without risking sensitive surrounding organs.

Since hyperthermia often has no or minimal side effects or any known adverse effects on normal tissue, it can be added to virtually any cancer treatment. Contact HCI today to learn how hyperthermia can help you.

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