Here at The Hyperthermia Cancer Institute, the premier hyperthermia center, we are able to utilize hyperthermia as a natural treatment in combination with radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy to dramatically improve results for patients with the following types of treatable tumors.
Adenocarcinoma is a cancer of an epithelium that originates in glandular tissue. Epithelial tissue includes, but is not limited to, the surface layer of skin, glands and a variety of other tissue that lines the cavities and organs of the body.
To be classified as adenocarcinoma, the cells do not necessarily need to be part of a gland, as long as they have excretory properties.
Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma begins in the basal cells — a type of cell within the skin that produces new skin cells as old ones die off.
Basal cell carcinoma often appears as a waxy bump, though it can take other forms. Basal cell carcinoma occurs most often on areas of the skin that are often exposed to the sun, such as your face and neck.
Most basal cell carcinomas are thought to be caused by long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight.
Carcinoma is a malignant epithelial neoplasm that tends to invade surrounding tissue and to metastasize to distant regions of the body. Carcinomas develop most frequently in the skin, large intestine, lungs, stomach, prostate, cervix, or breast.
The tumor is firm, irregular, and nodular, with a well-defined border. Microscopically, the cells are characterized by abnormal size and shape, disproportionately large nuclei, and clumps of nuclear chromatin.
Lymphoma is a cancer in the lymphatic cells of the immune system. Typically, lymphomas present as a solid tumor of lymphoid cells. These malignant cells often originate in lymph nodes, presenting as an enlargement of the node (a tumor). It can also affect other organs in which case it is referred to as extranodal lymphoma. Extranodal sites include the skin, brain, bowels and bone.
Lymphomas are closely related tolymphoid leukemias, which also originate in lymphocytes but typically involve only circulating blood and the bone marrow (where blood cells are generated in a process termed haematopoesis) and do not usually form static tumors. There are many types of lymphomas, and in turn, lymphomas are a part of the broad group of diseases called hematological neoplasms.
Melanocytes are cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. They predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye.
Melanoma can occur in any part of the body that contains melanocytes.
Mesothelioma, more precisely malignant mesothelioma, is a rare form of cancer that develops from the protective lining that covers many of the body’s internal organs, the mesothelium. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos.
Its most common site is the pleura (outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall), but it may also occur in the peritoneum – the lining of the abdominal cavity, the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart), or the tunica vaginalis a sac that surrounds the testis.
A sarcoma (from the Greek sarx meaning “flesh”) is a cancer that arises from transformed cells in one of a number of tissues that develop from embryonicmesoderm. Thus, sarcomas include tumors of bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, vascular, and hematopoietic tissues. This is in contrast to carcinomas, which originate from epithelial cells and thus give rise to more common malignancies, such as breast, colon, and lung cancer.
“To our knowledge, this is the first randomized phase 3 trial to show that regional hyperthermia increases the benefit of chemotherapy. Adding regional hyperthermia to chemotherapy is a new effective treatment strategy for patients with high-risk STS (Soft Tissue Sarcom), including STS with an abdominal or retroperitoneal location.” Source: Lancet Oncol.
The treatment response rate in the group that received regional hyperthermia was 28.8%, compared with 12.7% in the group who received chemotherapy alone (p=0.002).
In anatomy, squamous epithelium (from Latin squama, “scale”) is an epithelium characterised by its most superficial layer consisting of flat, scale-like cells called squamous cells. Epithelium may be composed of one layer of these cells, in which case it is referred to as simple squamous epithelium, or it may possess multiple layers, referred to then as stratified squamous epithelium. Both types perform differing functions, ranging from nutrient exchange to protection.
Cancers of the squamous epithelium include squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and other adnexal tumors.
The thymus is located in the upper chest just below the neck. It is a small organ that produces certain types of white blood cells before birth and during childhood. These white blood cells are called lymphocytes and are an important part of the body’s immune system. Once released from the thymus, lymphocytes travel to lymph nodes where they help to fight infections. The thymus gland becomes smaller in adulthood and is gradually taken over by fat tissue.
Although rare, thymomas are the most common type of thymic cancer. They arise from thymic epithelial cells, which make up the covering of the thymus. Thymomas frequently contain lymphocytes, which are non-cancerous. Thymomas are classified as either non-invasive (previously called “benign”) or invasive (previously called malignant). Noninvasive thymomas are those in which the tumor is encapsulated and easy to remove. Invasive thymomas have spread to nearby structures (such as the lungs) and are more difficult to remove. Approximately 30% to 40% of thymomas are of the invasive type.
Thymoma affects men and women equally. It is usually diagnosed between the ages of 40 and 60 years. Thymomas are uncommon in children.
If you’ve been diagnosed with any of these treatable tumors, please contact our premier hyperthermia center at The Hyperthermia Cancer Institute to speak with one of our experts to see if hyperthermia is the right option for you.
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