Hyperthermia therapy is used in combination with radiotherapy or chemotherapy. In this complementary therapy technique, the tissue is heated up to 41 to 42 degrees Celsius. This overheating kills in particular the "sick" cells with poor oxygen supply which are also targeted by radiotherapy or chemotherapy. This means that the effect of the radiotherapy or chemotherapy is reinforced. In combination with hyperthermia therapy, the usual radiation or drugs dose can generally be reduced.
Hyperthermia therapy is applied, among other things, in the case of cervical cancer, head-throat tumours, bowel cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer.