Overview of Whole Body Hyperthermia Experience at American International Hospital
Whole body hyperthermia (WBH) with general anaesthesia, utilizing the heated water blanket technique of Barlogie et all and of Larkin2, have been utilized in 427 patients at American International Hospital (AIH) from 1978 thru 1987. After an early developmental phase, we now treat to achieve a core body temperatures of 42.2°C for two hours with a rapid cool-down phase. Most patients received WBH once each month with chemotherapy beginning 18 hours after completion of WBH.This was done in an attempt to utilize WBH in its optimum conditions, and to utilize a wide range of chemotherapy drugs, given in combinations and doses felt optimum for patient care in the absence of WBH. These studies were primarily intended to confirm the safety of both forms of therapy given sequentially.
KeywordsPrior Chemotherapy Regimen Whole Body Hyperthermia Body Hyperthermia Colon Carcinoma Patient Early Developmental Phase
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