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About Thyroid Cancer

Cancer can form in the thyroid gland, an organ at the base of the neck that produces hormones that help control heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and weight. There are four main types of thyroid cancer: papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic. Papillary and follicular are the most common of the thyroid cancers. They generally have a very good prognosis, and often can be cured. Medullary has a more variable and generally less positive prognosis. The rarest type, anaplastic, is generally very aggressive with a more negative prognosis.

Treatment For Thyroid Cancer

Surgical removal of half the thyroid gland or the entire thyroid gland is typically the first step in treatment. Treatment with radioactive iodine (RAI) is often used after surgery when there is a larger tumor size, multiple tumors within the thyroid gland, or when the cancer has spread outside the thyroid gland into the neck and beyond. Radioactive iodine can be active for weeks or months with the goal of destroying any remaining thyroid cancer cells. When added to a thyroid cancer treatment plan, hyperthermia amplifies the chances of tumor eradication.

We Treat All Types of Thyroid Cancer

  • Papillary thyroid cancer
  • Follicular thyroid cancer
  • Medullary thyroid cancer
  • Anaplastic thyroid cancer
  • Recurrent thyroid cancer

What We Do

  • Use ultrasonic heat to target tumors
  • Keep fragile healthy tissues including heart, lungs, lymph nodes and any other affected organ safe
  • Amplify the effectiveness of radiation and/or systemic therapy
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How Hyperthermia Therapy Works

Using cutting-edge ultrasound technology, non-invasive targeted heat is applied to tumors over  a series of sessions. The heat weakens and sometimes destroys cancer cells outright. Hyperthermia is most commonly paired with radiation therapy or chemotherapy, because the heat allows those treatments to amplify their power to kill cancer cells. However, some patients can benefit from stand-alone treatment. Hyperthermia may also boost your body’s own immune system to better fight cancerous cells.

Hyperthermia Is Advantageous in the Treatment of Thyroid Cancer

Studies show that adding hyperthermia to thyroid cancer treatment can stimulate immune response, inhibit proliferation of cancer cells, and disrupt tumor composition. Hyperthermia can be added to the thyroid cancer treatment plan at any time, but has better results when adopted sooner in treatment. Hyperthermia often has no or minimal side effects and no known negative effects on normal tissue.

Hyperthermia maximizes the power of your treatment plan without putting sensitive surrounding tissue at risk. This means the larynx (voice box), esophagus, trachea and the many nerves and arteries in the neck are not adversely affected by adding hyperthermia to your thyroid treatment plan.

Hyperthermia benefits at a glance:

  • Increases blood flow to tumors creating a high-oxygen environment, which makes radiation therapy work better
  • Allows for chemotherapy to penetrate deep into the center of the tumor where it otherwise has difficulty reaching
  • Can stimulate an immune response reaction within the tumor improving your body’s ability to fight cancer
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Selected Hyperthermia and Thyroid Cancer Studies

Navigating the multitude of cancer treatment studies can be quite an undertaking. It may be tough to know where to even begin. We have selected studies from trusted sources that can help you learn more about the positive effects of hyperthermia.

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