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Pancreatic Cancer is one of the, if not the most difficult cancers to treat… conventionally (FDA approved). If you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer conventional therapies may have little to offer you. Consider out-of-the-box thinking such as hyperthermia.
When I reached end-stage during my own cancer journey (completely different type of cancer) I was forced to look beyond conventional therapies for my own incurable cancer. Long story short, my lesions shrank and disappeared in about a year and a half. Please consider thinking outside the conventional oncology box.
The articles/studies linked and excerpted below cites two things. First, undergoing local hyperthermia to heat your tumor. Studies confirm that cancerous tumors are more vulnerable to chemo when they are heated above 104 degrees fahrenheit/ 41 degrees celsius.
Once the tumor is heated, the article below talks about bathing the tumor in cytotoxic drugs. Based on the studies I read local hyperthermia as a cancer treatment is common in western Europe.
I am a cancer survivor and cancer coach. I work with patients and survivors to identify both conventional and evidence-based non-conventional therapies for their type and stage of cancer.
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“Patients with advanced pancreatic cancer and ascites may benefit from regional radiofrequency thermotherapy (RFTT) in conjunction with systemic and intraperitoneal (IP) chemotherapy…
Evidence from prior studies suggests that direct delivery of cytotoxic drugs to the tumor-harboring compartment may be more effective in increasing tumor response rates compared with systemic administration, and it has been demonstrated that hyperthermia can change the characteristics of cancer cells, making them more susceptible to treatment…
“Objective: In pancreatic cancer, which is therapy resistant due to its hypoxic microenvironment, hyperthermia may enhance the effect of radio(chemo)therapy. The aim of this systematic review is to investigate the validity of the hypothesis that hyperthermia added to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy improves treatment outcome for pancreatic cancer patients.
Methods and materials: We searched MEDLINE and Embase, supplemented by handsearching, for clinical studies involving hyperthermia in pancreatic cancer patients…
Results: Overall, 14 studies were included, with 395 patients with locally advanced and/or metastatic pancreatic cancer of whom 248 received hyperthermia. Patients were treated with regional (n = 189), intraoperative (n = 39) or whole-body hyperthermia (n = 20), combined with chemotherapy, radiotherapy or both. Quality of the studies was low, with level of evidence 3 (five studies) and 4. The six studies including a control group showed a longer mp in the hyperthermia groups than in the control groups (11.7 vs. 5.6 months). Overall response rate, reported in three studies with a control group, was also better for the hyperthermia groups (43.9% vs. 35.3%).
Conclusions: Hyperthermia, when added to chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy, may positively affect treatment outcome for patients with pancreatic cancer. However, the quality of the reviewed studies was limited and future randomised controlled trials are needed to establish efficacy.”