Hyperthermia & Advanced Liver Ca

Status of hyperthermia in the treatment of advanced liver cancer.

Moroz P, Jones SK, Gray BN.

Centre for Applied Cancer Studies, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, 6000 Perth, Western Australia. pmoroz@cyllene.uwa.edu.au

The vast majority of patients with malignant liver tumors have inoperable disease. These patients must rely on chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and various locoregional treatments.

Although these treatments have demonstrated encouraging response rates, symptom palliation and occasional down staging of tumors, their impact on survival is minor.

As a result there has been renewed interest in hyperthermia as a treatment option. This study reviews the current modalities of hyperthermia in terms of clinical results, side effects, limitations, and therapeutic standing.

J Surg Oncol 2001 Aug;77(4):259-69

Copyright 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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