Thermoradiotherapy of Pelvic Tumours with the BSD 2000: first clinical results
The start of clinical hyperthermia reminds of the development of radiotherapy. Both had some difficulties to reach localized deep processes. Only highvoltage irradiation allowed to pass the hindering skin. For a long time hyperthermia was only capable to heat tissue within a deepness of 3 to 5 cm. Since the use of electromagnetic waves effective heating of deep seated tumours seemed possible. A great number of patients is now treated successfully with the annular phased array system (4). The BSD 2000 device with the sigma-applicator expresses a technical improvement and promises advanced local hyperthermia technique (6, 7). Does this more sophisticated new system now allow to perform a safe and distinctive hyperthermia treatment in any region deep in the body? Our first clinical observations with radiotherapy and hyperthermia may lead to some answers.
KeywordsLocal Tumour Control Heat Sensation Hyperthermia Treatment Tumor Periphery Intended Temperature
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