Regional hyperthermia for cancer

Am J Surg. 1982 May;143(5):586-90. doi: 10.1016/0002-9610(82)90169-6.


The clinical use of regional hyperthermia combined with radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or both in 107 patients with advanced cancer is reported. Surgery was subsequently carried out in eight patients. The radiofrequency equipment used is capable of heating tumors at any depth with few adverse side effects. Complete responses to therapy occurred in 16 percent of patients, and partial responses in 52 percent. Striking pain relief was observed in both responders and nonresponders.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microwaves / adverse effects
  • Microwaves / therapeutic use*
  • Neoplasms / therapy*