Turning up the heat in cancer

29 November 2017
14:45 - 15:15

Turning up the heat in cancer

An increased temperature is a well-known contribution in the healing process of a disease. Hippocrates already stated the use of heat for curing patients, but its use to cure cancer stems from the last century. Only in the last few years, non-invasive local heating has been achieved using RF waves. Heating only the area of the tumour and avoiding sensitive organs in the nearby area is a true challenge given the active and localized cooling by tissue perfusion. Researchers of Erasmus MC have managed to control RF in human tissue to heat tumours in one of the most challenging regions, ie cancers of the head and neck.

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