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Hyperthermia in cancer growth regulation

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With present techniques, hyperthermia used alone can cause complete clinical regression in 10–15% of tumours but the duration of response is very short. The greatest advantage for hyperthermia at the present time appears to be in combination with radiation in the local control of cancer growth. Currently, large randomised phase III studies are in progress to determine whether the addition of local hyperthermia to radiation or chemotherapy yields significant advantage. Phase III studies of wholebody hyperthermia in combination with chemotherapy are planned for the future and will include tumours with a high growth fraction such as small cell lung cancer and high grade non Hodgkins lymphoma.

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Vernon, C. Hyperthermia in cancer growth regulation. Biotherapy 4, 307–315 (1992). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02172661

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