Mesothelioma patients looking for treatment options may not have heard about heat treatment called nanohyperthermia. Mesothelioma is a difficult type of cancer to treat, and one of the reasons is its latency in development and the fact it often is not diagnosed until in the later stages of cancer.
How Does Heat Treatment (Nanohyperthermia) Work?
Studies show that cancer cells are more sensitive to heat than normal cells, and exposing cancer cells to higher temperatures has been used in combination with other modalities to treat cancer patients for some time. In fact, heat treatment (hyperthermia) makes other treatment options more effective.
Research on Nanohyperthermia
According to Fresh Cancer News researchers from the Paris Descartes University and the Paris Diderot University have been successful with nanohyperthermia, which uses nanotubes (types of nano particles), to deliver heat into cancer cells. The researchers directly injected nanotubes into the tumor areas. Then they used lasers to activate the nanotubes. The surrounding healthy tissue remained intact.
As cancer progresses, cancer tissue becomes increasingly stiff because of the abnormal amount of collagen fibers it contains. Unfortunately, the stiffening also enables cancer cells to grow and spread more easily. It also makes the tissue more resistant to other cancer treatment. Nanohyperthermia made cancer tissue more rigid during initial treatment, but several weeks later, the tissue became far less stiff than it had been prior to treatment. The nanohyperthermia disturbed the cancer microenvironment, also making the cells more responsive to other types of cancer treatment.
The Importance of Seeking Legal Help for Mesothelioma Patients
Because asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma, companies that exposed their workers to asbestos can be held liable. An experienced mesothelioma attorney can seek compensation on your behalf. Receiving compensation can help you afford the latest breakthroughs in cancer treatment.
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