October 20, 2006

Very Encouraging Cancer Treatment

My Science News has an article that combines hyperthermia with either radiation or chemotherapy.

In trials reported in the May 2005 Journal of Clinical Oncology, Dewhirst's team showed that heat treatment could amplify radiation's effects. The scientists recruited 109 cancer patients with superficial tumors, such as those in the skin of the head, neck, or breast. Half the patients received radiation alone, and the other half received radiation plus two weekly sessions of hyperthermia treatment.

After several months, the researchers found that about two-thirds of the patients in the hyperthermia group showed no lingering signs of their cancer. In contrast, only 42 percent of patients receiving just radiation had that response.

The article is a little long, but you can read the whole thing by clicking here.

I sent an email to one of the researchers that happens to be in Philly. I doubt he'll respond, but you never know. If he doesn't I'll see if my oncologist will contact him.

Posted by The Vorlon at October 20, 2006 8:05 PM