Oncothermia is a procedure used to treat malignant neoplasms by increasing temperature immediately around the tumor. This painless procedure stops the proliferation of malignant cells and lowers pain levels. Usually, oncothermia is used to complement traditional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgical removal.
At Biotherapy International, oncothermia is used to increase the therapeutic effects of immunotherapy interventions like oncolytic viruses or natural killer (NK) cells.
Oncothermia has several simultaneous mechanisms of action:
- It increases the speed in which oncolytic viruses and immune NK cells (which destroy the tumor) are delivered to the prescribed area, making them easier to target.
- It weakens malignant cell membranes, making them more vulnerable to the circulating treatments we mentioned.
- Through these damaged cell membranes, tumor antigens can escape into the bloodstream, where they can subsequently be targeted by the patient’s own immune system cells (dendrites and macrophages).
- Finally, this will strengthen the body’s immune response: it will activate T-lymphocytes, which fight against malignant cells.
Biotherapy International uses a state-of-the-art EHY2000 system. This generates short waves at a frequency of 13.56 MHz with modulated low-frequency waves. Heat is generated locally between the capacitor plates. It can reach temperatures of up to 42 ° C while keeping the body temperature normal.