Why choose The Hyperthermia Cancer Institute in Irvine, California?

The Hyperthermia Cancer Institute provides innovative treatments to assist rectal cancer patients at every stage of their healing journey. We offer a personalized approach in a supportive, empowering environment. Our licensed healthcare providers focus on understanding each patient’s unique needs, striving to make a positive impact on their care. As rectal cancer patients face a multitude of challenges, our practice provides a sanctuary for strategic solutions. We ensure every patient feels seen, heard, and prioritized. 

Our primary mission at The Hyperthermia Cancer Institute is to perform superior hyperthermia therapy utilizing best-in-class, FDA-approved technology and equipment. Patients often select our practice over larger institutions because they value our insights, expertise, and compassion. With treatments performed six days a week, every week of the year, we make the healing process accessible and convenient for all.

What is rectal cancer?

Rectal cancer emerges inside a section of the large intestine. While the first five feet of the large intestine make up the colon, the last six inches make up the rectum. This is the region of the body that holds stools until you are ready to expel them. Cancers of the colon, rectum, and anus are grouped together and known as “colorectal cancers.” Rectal cancer can develop gradually over the course of a few years but typically begins as an abnormal growth, or polyp, on the rectum’s inner lining. The disease is usually contained within the rectum but may spread to other organs such as the liver or lungs if left untreated. Age, diet, and heredity often play a role in determining a person’s risk for rectal cancer.

What are the symptoms of rectal cancer?

In the beginning stages of rectal cancer, symptoms may not be apparent. That is why it is so essential to undergo regular colorectal cancer screenings, which usually begin at age 45. Symptoms, when they do arise, may include the following:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

What are the risk factors for rectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer for all genders in America, with around 45,000 new rectal cancer cases each year. Some common risk factors for the disease include:

  • Age
  • Diet
  • Alcohol use
  • Tobacco use
  • Exercise level
  • A history of inflammatory bowel disease or polyps
  • A family history of colorectal cancer

Advanced Care for Rectal Cancer

Rectal cancer treatment in Irvine, CA

Our expert rectal cancer treatment supports a wide array of modalities, from surgery and chemotherapy to radiation and biologic-targeted therapy.

We treat all types and stages of rectal cancer with rectal cancer treatment in Irvine, including:

  • Early-stage rectal cancer
  • Rectal cancer that has spread to nearby organs and lymph nodes
  • Rectal cancer that has spread to distant organs
  • Recurrent rectal cancer

What is hyperthermia therapy?

Hyperthermia treatment relies on heat energy to disrupt cancer cell membranes and improve blood flow to the tumor, making it a better target for the body’s innate immune response or other cancer-destroying modalities like radiation and chemotherapy. Clinical research shows that combining hyperthermia with conventional cancer solutions can increase survival rate at 5 years post-treatment. Additional benefits of hyperthermia include:

  • Creates an oxygen-rich atmosphere around the tumor, allowing radiation to work better
  • Helps chemotherapy to more deeply penetrate the core of the tumor, an area that it normally cannot reach
  • Boosts the overall immune response within the tumor, helping the body to better fight off the cancer
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Incorporating hyperthermia into your rectal cancer treatment plan in Irvine, CA

The ideal time to integrate hyperthermia into your treatment plan is as soon as you start undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Hyperthermia comes with minimal side effects, meaning that it can be well adopted without presenting risks to your health or well-being.

Additional Cancer Treatments in Irvine

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