Hyperthermia treatment can be administered to the patient in a variety of forms. While localized hyperthermia focuses heat on a specific area of the body, whole body hyperthermia heats the entire body. Whole body hyperthermia is usually reserved for metastatic cancer that spreads beyond the initial area. The aim of whole body hyperthermia is to raise the overall core body temperature up to 107-108°F to kill malignant cells. This is often achieved through the use of hot water blankets or thermal chambers, which resemble large, human-sized incubators. To ensure proper temperature regulation of both the tumor and the surrounding tissue, the doctor may insert needles or probes with small thermometers in addition to the cancer therapy.
Whole-body hyperthermia is a great alternative method to treat a patient suffering from cancer. It directly targets malignant cells that are in the body, making it an efficient therapy method for most types of cancer. Many cancer patients find hyperthermia treatment to be a beneficial alternative cancer treatment due to its non-invasive qualities.